Search for missing Rochester teen with autism ongoing

March 10, 2018 08:43 AM

A family's desperate search for a missing teen with autism continues as Rochester police continue to look for 14-year-old Trevyan Rowe.

He has not been seen since he got off the school bus on Thursday morning near School Number 12 on South Avenue. He got off the bus- but never went into school.

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His family tells News10NBC he was upset about a missing cell phone and was likely trying to walk-off his frustration when he got lost. 

At just after 5 p.m. on Thursday, a male called 911 and said he was lost in the graveyard.  The family says it's possible Trevyan has his brothers cell phone in his pocket and that call came from him, that's why much of the search has centered around Mt. Hope Cemetery. 

The weather forced search efforts to end on Friday night, but officers swore to continue working through the night to follow-up on leads, and the search was expected to resume fully on Saturday morning at 9 a.m.

No stone has been left unturned.

"We've searched every single street, park, [and] location," says RPD Deputy Chief La'Ron Singletary, "[some] almost twice. We've been around the cemetery, the U of R campus, we've searched along the the corridor and Number 12 School again."

They have followed every lead- even footprints found in the snow. 

"The RPD SCUBA team was called in," says Singletary, "We saw footprints leading to a pond, [but] that search was negative."

Another dead end: the cell phone he had, his brother's, was unable to be traced.

His family worries that he wouldn't know to ask for help, and may not enter into a business to warm up- so they are begging people to be on the lookout. 

"Check [your] garages, [your] sheds, [your] unlocked cars," says Velma Handy, Trevyan's aunt, "underneath the cars..."

The family asks if you see Treyvan to not ask if he's in trouble or needs help, but to say his mom is looking for him and you can bring him to her then call 911.

Rowe was last seen wearing a brown hoodie, dark pants, and red shoes.

The 14-year-old was known to climb trees, and had a 'cool down' place by the bleachers and woods at school where searches took place. Nearly 500 volunteers canvassed the area during the day.

"This is our worst nightmare," said Rachel Rosner of AutismUp, "and I want to be doing everything we can do to help support mom and her family and the search to bring Trevyan home." 


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