Missing autistic boy found riding subway in Brooklyn

April 27, 2012 2:51:33 PM PDT
The three-day search for a missing autistic teenager from the Bronx has a happy ending.

Ross Harrison had never ridden the subway alone before he bolted off on Tuesday. He somehow wandered from the Bronx all the way to Brooklyn and survived by eating a piece of cake and soda given to him by strangers on the train.

On Friday, he was sharing big kisses and smiles with his baby sister Maria and his mom as the three cozy up on their living room sofa Friday morning. These are the people the 13 year old autistic teen says he missed the most, while spending three days riding the subway all around the city.

"I was going crazy. I was going crazy," his mom, Rosaura Taveras said.

Tuesday morning around 7:30, Taveras was walking her only son to the bus stop when he just up and ran off near 182nd Street and Jerome Avenue in University Heights.

"He said somebody was bothering him on the bus," she said.

Harrison may have gotten on the number 5 train at 183rd street. Over the next three days, he was spotted at 125th Street in Harlem at Pelham Parkway, Gunhill Road, and on the number 5 train in Queens. Then early Friday morning, someone recognized the teen from a missing person flyer on a Brooklyn-bound J train and called police.

A little dirty, but unscathed, Harrison was checked out at St. Barnabas Hospital before he went home to a hot shower and lots of love.

"He asked me, if I was mad? I told him no... just need him to come home," Taveras said.

Harrison will go back to school on Monday. He will ride the bus, as long as he has a seat up front near the driver.

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