SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A 19-year-old who disappeared from his household’s residence in California practically three years in the past has been present in Utah, bringing astonishment and reduction to his dad and mom who feared they might by no means see him once more.
Connerjack Oswalt was shivering and chilly when sheriff’s deputies got here throughout him Saturday sleeping in a comfort retailer in Summit County, identified for its ski areas, mentioned Sheriff Justin Martinez. Oswalt appeared to have been dwelling on the streets there for about two weeks.
His household had looked for him for years, handing out fliers, scanning social media and desperately chasing down fruitless leads. They even moved again to the city of his start, Idaho Falls, hoping he would finally make it again there.
“Any hints at one thing that remotely resembled him, we might comply with up on it,” mentioned his stepfather, Gerald Flint. “It’s been an actual nightmare.”
Oswalt, who has been identified with autism and different psychological well being situations, was 17 when he left the household’s residence from Clearlake, California. His mom, Suzanne Flint, remembered making quesadillas, however when it was time for lunch he was gone.
“I by no means stopped in search of him. There wasn’t a day I wasn’t trying to find him, in some kind or trend,” she mentioned. The precise circumstances of his disappearance and whereabouts over the past two years are below investigation, police mentioned.
What his household does know is that after deputies discovered Oswalt on the Utah comfort retailer, they requested if he want to come of their patrol automotive and heat up. He agreed, and finally let officers take a fingerprint.
That led them to an impressive warrant from February in Nevada.
“The deputies simply felt that there was one thing there, one thing past a felony warrant. There was a humanitarian effort that wanted to be explored additional,” Martinez mentioned.
The officers set to work shifting by means of paperwork, in search of stories of lacking and endangered kids. About 16 pages in, they discovered a 2019 lacking individual report from Clearlake, California. Although it had a barely completely different title spelling from the Nevada warrant, the images matched and so they known as his household.
When the Flints first bought the decision, they nervous their son had been discovered useless. After his spouse confirmed the identification by means of a start mark, Gerald Flint left work, jumped in his automotive and drove 4 hours to Utah.
“Everybody within the room was in tears. They went above and past, put hours of labor,” he mentioned. “They might have dismissed it, however they didn’t and that made all of the distinction on the earth.”
Social staff educated about autism took over Oswalt’s care after the reunion together with his household, mentioned Summit County Sheriff’s Lt. Andrew Wright. His household is hoping to carry him again residence quickly.
“We didn’t deal with him as a felony. We handled as someone that has one thing deeper that we wanted to dig into,” Martinez mentioned. “That instinct is what actually reunited this household.”