ROCHESTER, N.Y. — It's estimated that some 10,000 people with Autism live in the greater Rochester area.
"We're devastated. This is all of our worst fear," said Sarah Milk, AutiusmUp executive director. "It's any parent's worst fear, but to have a child with autism who goes missing."
AutismUp is the local parent-led organization which started nearly 15 years ago by parents of children with autism. With news of the missing 14-year-old with autism, Trevyan Rowe, families mobilized.
"As families got word, especially for families with kids with autism, we all came running, because we wanted to help this family," Milko. "It could have been any one of us."
School No. 12 8th grader Jackee Jeffries saw Trevyan, a 7th grader, every day at dismissal. Jackee would go to Trevyan's classroom.
"I'd be knocking on the door, and he'd be the one opening it and we'd just smile at each other," Jeffries said.
Like so many others, Jackee wanted to pitch in.
"I'm like 'this is terrible,'" he said. "I want to go out and search for him. My mom helped me."
All weekend, hundreds of people like Jackee and his mom lined up to help. They gathered at the Al Sigl Center, from the community of agencies, the Mary Cariola Children's Center, Autism Up and folks with no affiliation — spreading out across the city to search forTrevyan. They handed out fliers, searched Highland Park and myriad other properties.
"It's been amazing how this community came together to look for Treyvan," Milko said.
While the outcome was not what the community had hoped, the community came out to support the search and Trevyan's family.