UPDATE: Missing teen with autisim near Bristol, Tennessee Walmart found
BRISTOL, Tenn. - 2:00 p.m. UPDATE:
Wellmont Health System officials say 15-year-old Isaiah Chocquette has been treated and released from Bristol Regional Medical Center. They said he is doing fine.
6:00 a.m. UPDATE. The incident all started when the family of 15-year-old Isaiah Chocquette stopped at the Walmart in Bristol, Tenn.
The family is from New York and was passing through the area to buy clothes.
Chocquette was waiting in the parking lot with his siblings in a car, while his mother was inside the store.
That's when police say an argument happened that caused the teen to leave, climb an embankment and go into the woods around 5:20 p.m. on Friday night.
"He is 15-years-old, but he is severely autistic. We're told he functions on the level of about a 4 or 5-year-old," said Mike Carrier, the Interim Fire Chief.
With below freezing temperature, the search began as a race against the clock.
Several agencies were on scene assisting with the search.
Virginia State Police brought in a helicopter.
Chief Carrier said they used dogs from prisons as far away as Johnson County to help find Chocquette.
It wasn't until seven hours after the search began-- after midnight-- that a group of volunteers found the teen alive.
"He was sitting up. He is conscious and alert which is always a good," said Chief Carrier.
A happy ending to a story that could have ended very differently.
"Fortunately we didn't end up with the worst possible scenario, so we're thankful for that," said Chief Carrier.
12:40 a.m. UPDATE: Police have found 15 year old Isaiah Chocquette.
According to officials, he was located around 12:20 a.m near the Mud Hollow area. They tell us that's approximately 3 miles from the Walmart on Volunteer Parkway, where he originally went missing.
Bristol, Tennessee Interim Fire Chief Mike Carrier says he was alert and conscious. He has been transported to Bristol Regional Medical Center.
11:45 p.m. UPDATE: Police have released the name of the missing autistic teenager. He has been identified as 15 year old Isaiah Chocquette.
Bristol, Tennessee police say he is wearing a black and green jacket, a blue shirt, and jeans.
Police say the call came in around 5:30 p.m. The search has been going on for nearly six hours.
News 5's Jessica Griffith and PJ Johnson are at the scene. They say ATV crews have been brought in.
Bristol, Tennessee police are searching for a missing autistic teenager near the Walmart in Bristol along the Volunteer Parkway.
Police said his family stopped at Walmart and the teenager was in the car with younger siblings. They said he went into the woods and hasn't been seen.
Virginia State Police and a WellmontOne helicopter are searching for the teen. Kingsport police were also called for help.
"The mother is really concerned because the boy is autistic.. And also he doesn't have a lot of clothing on," Sgt. Ginger Crowe said.
Stay with News 5 for the latest details.
(Photo: Bristol, TN Police)