Gloucester police rescue missing 14-year-old autistic boy who went missing

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On October 13, 2021 at approximately 2:36 pm, Gloucester Township Police were dispatched to the Broadmoor West Development in Gloucester Township for the report of a missing juvenile autistic male. It was reported that 14-year-old Alex Nolder had left his residence and was missing.

Gloucester Township Police with the assistance of the Camden County Prosecutors Office, New Jersey State Police Aviation Bureau, and a Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office K9 responded to the area and began searching for Alex.

After about 4 hours, he was located by the helicopter as he emerged from a nearby wooded area. Gloucester Township Police Officers made contact with Alex and he was then transported to an area hospital for medical evaluation.

Chief David Harkins thanks the New Jersey State Police, the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office of New Jersey and the Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office as well as the many citizens who supplied informational tips and offers of assistance during the search.

The Gloucester Township Police Department has an Autism/Development Disability Registration (ADDR) program for individuals with Autism or Disabilities such as Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Down Syndrome or any other endangered individuals. This registry assists Officers with quick access to the registered person’s critical information when time is essential in communicating and dealing with an emergency.