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Autistic Perris man with history of wandering away goes missing Thanksgiving morning

By in Press Enterprise on November 24, 2017

By Beatriz E. Valenzuela

A 19-year-old autistic man with a history of wandering away went missing from his Perris home Thanksgiving morning and Riverside County Sheriff’s authorities are asking for the public’s help in finding him, officials said.

Riverside County Sheriff’s Perris deputies are searching for Dakarai Evans, 19. Evans is autistic with the mental capacity of a 6-year-old with a history of wandering away. (Courtesy Riverside County Sheriff’s Department)

The mother of Dakarai Evans called the Perris sheriff’s station around 8:30 a.m. Thursday to report her son left the family home in the 1100 block of Perrisito Street and didn’t know where he’d gone, according to a sheriff’s press release.

“Dakarai has done this in the past and has been found at local businesses and/or walking around the neighborhood,” the statement said of the young man who has the mental capacity of a 6-year-old. “He will not engage anyone in conversation, but will talk to you if you engage him first.”

Deputies searched the area, even calling in a bloodhound, but they were not able to find Evans.

Evans is described as black, 5 feet 5 inches tall, 155 pounds, with brown hair and eyes, officials said. He wears thick rimmed LaCoste eyeglasses and was last seen wearing dark sweats with a thin Raiders logo on the side, a white T-shirt, dark hooded sweatshirt and flip flops.

In 2014, when Evans was 15, he went missing from his Hemet home for two days. He was found in an empty field near near Cawston and Stetson avenues.

Just a few months before that, he slipped out of his family’s Riverside apartment in the 1700 block of Seventh Street when his mother went out to throw out the trash.

Authorities ask anyone who may see Evans to call sheriff’s dispatch at 951-776-1099 or 951-210-1000.


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