MSP: Missing teen with autism found in Muskegon

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Nicholas Kirk

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BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Michigan State Police say a missing 16-year-old boy with autism was found in Muskegon.

In a news release, police say Nicholas Kirk of Hersey was found safe Thursday and is in good health. MSP say he is on his way back to his family in Osceola County.

Nick was reported missing around 9 a.m. Wednesday. He was spotted around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Walmart in Big Rapids, Michigan State Police said.

Family members said earlier that Nick might be heading to the Muskegon County area. Police previously said the teen, who is nonverbal, knew people were looking for him and was purposely avoiding being found.

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