Glendale police use tracking device to find deaf man with autism reported missing

A 20-year-old deaf Glendale man with autism has been located in Burbank after he was reported missing early Tuesday morning, authorities say.

Brandon — only his first name has been released — left his home in the 400 block of Allen Avenue without telling his family. Tahnee Lightfoot, a spokeswoman with the Glendale Police Department, said the man was wearing a tracking device that helped officers locate him in the wash near the Burbank and Glendale border.

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It’s not exactly known how he was able to get down into the area but Lightfoot said there is a road near ABC Studios near the wash that Brandon could have used.

“We’re just assuming he made it through that area … because he doesn’t communicate well because of his disability,” Lightfoot said.

She also said the tracker he was wearing was provided by the department through its Project Lifesaver program, which provides a tracking device to families with relatives who have a cognitive disorder as a way to find them in the event they go missing.

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Andy Nguyen, andy.nguyen@latimes.com

Twitter: @Andy_Truc

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UPDATE

1/25, 4:25 p.m.: This story has been updated with the location of where the man was found.

1/24, 12:09 p.m.: This story was updated after the man was found.

This story was originally posted at Jan. 24 at 11:49 a.m.

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