Police ask for assistance finding 16-year-old boy with autism who went missing from Holladay

Police are asking for assistance to locate Devin “DJ” Meadows, who went missing on Tuesday afternoon and is in need of medication. (Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake)

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HOLLADAY — Police are asking for assistance to locate a 16-year-old boy with autism who went missing Tuesday afternoon and is considered at risk.

Devin “DJ” Meadows is in urgent need of medication, and anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call the Unified Police Department at 801-840-4000. Police say the boy is more like a 6-year-old mentally.

Devin was last seen wearing blue shorts and a camouflage long-sleeved shirt, according to the Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake. Police said Devin now has a shaved head. He is 5-foot-6 and weighs approximately 120 pounds, according to a missing persons flyer posted on social media.

Police say Devin had been in trouble at school, and her ran off around 3 pm when his parents were talking to him about discipline. He is missing from the area near 1500 E. Spring Lane in Hollandday.

“He’s taken off before when he’s gotten in trouble but never this long and he’s always come back,” said Unified Police Lt. Paul Barker.

“The longer we go … it just keeps getting scarier and scarier … so we’re hoping for a happy outcome,” he continued.

Officers have been going door-to-door to look for Devin, and have employed the use of a drone that’s equipped with cameras to see at night. The drone also has a speaker that is broadcasting messages to Devin, saying he is not in trouble and asking him to please come home.

“It’s a new program for the Unified Police Department,” Barker said. “We’ve had success catching bad guys and we’ve sent it out on some missing people and runaways and stuff like that. We’re starting to utilize technology wherever we can.”

Police are asking for assistance to locate a 16-year-old boy with autism.  devin "DJ" Meadows went missing Tuesday afternoon and is considered at risk.
Police are asking for assistance to locate a 16-year-old boy with autism. Devin “DJ” Meadows went missing Tuesday afternoon and is considered at risk. (Photo: Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake)

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