Community searching for missing Waterford teen with autism

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The search continues in Waterford for a missing teen with autism.

Anthony Blaauboer, 14, has been missing since Wednesday afternoon. The search focuses on the water surrounding Peebles Island.

A helicopter, a drone, an airboat, marine patrols with sonar, K9s, and people on foot are all looking for Blaauboer.

“We have more than adequate manpower right now,” Waterford Police Officer Michael Dilbone said.

Dilbone says they’re utilizing every tool possible to find Anthony, including the community’s help.

People like David Regiert, who lives in Waterford, sees Anthony frequently.

“He’s on his front porch and he waves and he’s quiet.”

He and dozens of others have spent the day scouring Peebles and the surrounding areas.

“Swamps down there rough hills.”

Forest rangers like Lt. John Sloan are also assisting with the search, saying they’re looking mostly at the shorelines right now.

“We’re going to try to focus our search effort on the undeveloped pockets of brush and wooded areas in the vicinity here and once that’s done well re-evaluate.”

The Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office, several area fire departments, and park police are also assisting with the search.

Many people who are lending a helping hand are trying to focus on the positives.

“He might be walking around or with friends. So we do our best,” Wynne Zambrano, a search volunteer, said.

Regiert says he has only one thing on his mind.

“That’s a tough question. I don’t really know what ran through my mind. The only thing I could think of was to help,” Regiert said.

If you have any information to help police call them right away.

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