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14-year-old Shively boy with autism found in Texas after days-long search

According to Shively Police, Kerry Brooks was last seen near the 4700 block of Van Hoose Road.
According to Shively Police, Kerry Brooks was last seen near the 4700 block of Van Hoose Road.(Shively Police Department)
Published: Dec. 28, 2021 at 8:20 AM CST
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SHIVELY, Ky. (WAVE) - A 14-year-old boy with autism who went missing in Shively the week before Christmas was found in Texas around midnight on Dec. 28.

Kerry Brooks was found in Austin, Texas by an officer following several days of searching by law enforcement, his family, and members of the community. An investigation into how Brooks ended up in Texas is underway, Shively Police Department Sgt. Patrick Allen said.

“There is a lot of interest in this case and what may have occurred with Kerry while he was missing,” Allen said. “There is an investigation as to how Kerry made it to Austin and who may have helped him get there. It is likely that criminal charges will be sought in this case.”

An Austin Police Department spokesperson confirmed a suspect in connection with Brooks’ disappearance is in custody.

Brook’s family has been notified since he was found, and will be reunited soon.

Multiple agencies are involved in the ongoing investigation. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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