All-out search continues for missing Waterford teen with autism

August 09, 2018 04:37 PM

WATERFORD - An all-out search continues on land, in the water and in the air for a missing 14-year-old boy from Waterford, who has autism. A number of community volunteers have signed up to help with the search and farming out into different zones.

Police held a press conference on Thursday morning to update the investigation.


Anthony Blaauboer was last seen at 12:30 Wednesday afternoon and reported missing around 4 p.m. He is described as thin, 5'8" tall and mixed race, White and Asian.

Waterford Police, Saratoga County Sheriffs, NYS Park Police, NYS Rangers, NYS Police Aviation Unit, Waterford and Northside Fire Depts. and Waterford Rescue Squad are assisting in the search.

A forest ranger airboat went into the Mohawk River around 7 a.m. Thursday, checking the shorelines and the little island off the dock.

There were searches on foot there and at Peebles Island.

Searchers say they found his clothes at base of the 4th Street Bridge.

NewsChannel 13 is told by family that Anthony doesn't like the water and would normally stay away from it – yet, the water is the primary search .

The water gets about 14-feet deep in some spots. As of noontime, no divers had gone in yet.

Boats have sonar and have gone down to the 112th Street Bridge in Troy and up around Peebles Island and Lock 2.

"Most of the area, as you can see, is all residential or industrial and 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, then we'll reevaluate if we're going to go further or just what we'll do. Our focus is to complete those undeveloped areas and search them thoroughly," explained Lt. John Solan with NYS Forest Rangers.

Lock 2 has been closed all day because of the search.

Anthony's 15th birthday is this Saturday.

If you have any information call Waterford Police at (518) 237-3341.


WNYT Staff

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