Joshua Robb, 8, squeezed through the bars surrounding the playground at Grandview Elementary and ran away. Twenty-four hours later, the missing boy was found, thanks in part to rocker Ozzy Osbourne.
Joshua, who has severe autism, left his school on Monday and walked right into the San Bernardino National Forest. Searchers began looking for him, but the search was limited due to lightning storms that night.
They resumed Tuesday, but his family was concerned that any use of helicopters or other loud and unfamiliar sounds would scare Joshua away from rescuers because he is afraid of loud noises. They suggested playing a couple of his favorite songs over a public announcement system to help draw him toward rescuers, including Ozzy Osbourne’s “No More Tears”.
According to this morning’s news, Ozzy did the trick. He was found in a ravine more than a mile from his school, and searchers believe he was walking towards them. The Los Angeles Times reports, “Joshua was shirtless, had some scratches and was extremely tired, yet had somehow managed to survive the hard rains, lightning and cold weather that pushed through Lake Arrowhead overnight.” He was taken to a hospital, but is said to be okay.
The boy had recently been removed from his parents. According to the Huffington Post, his family had been forced out of their home by a foreclosure proceeding. “The parents lost custody of Joshua after a real estate agent noticed the boy was tied to the house, his father said.” Ron Robb explained they had “lightly” tethered Joshua while they were moving their belongings out of the house. The agent contacted officials, who placed Joshua in protective custody.
His parents believe Joshua ran away from school because he was trying to find them.
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