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Law enforcement provides updates about missing La Vista boy

Posted at 2:33 PM, May 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-19 08:29:14-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — A La Vista boy who has autism is still missing.

Police say Ryan Larsen walked out of school Monday around noon while switching classrooms.

They say surveillance video showed him walking in the area where he lives on Monday.

They also say he has hidden before and was recently looking up videos on how to hide from police.

Larsen is about 5-foot-8 inches tall. He was last seen wearing a black sweatshirt.

Police called it a critical situation as Larsen has never strayed this far or this long before.

Police also said the medical concerns increase after 24 hours if Larsen doesn't have his medication.

Officers have asked volunteers to widen their search to check side streets and closer to Ralston.

If you see Larsen or have any information on where he is, call 911

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Ryan Larsen was last known to be in the area of 78th Street and Terry Drive in La Vista around noon Monday.

Larsen is 5-foot-8 and weighs 125 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing a black jacket, blue jeans, an Old Navy shirt, and a polka-dotted umbrella.

The La Vista Police Department said they have dealt with Larsen before and he likes to hide. They have no reason to suspect any suspicious activity at this point.

Police said Larsen is high-functioning but is nonverbal to people he’s not comfortable around. He likes to hide in small places, making the search a challenge.

Police are asking volunteers to look north and east of Edgewood to widen the search. They remind everyone to not go on to personal property.

Authorities are also asking residents in the area to check their cameras for any sign of where Larsen might have headed.

If you know where he is, call 911 or contact the La Vista Police Department at 402-331-1582.

3 News Now reporters Kent Luetzen and Alyssa Curtis have been tracking the story today:

The La Vista Police Department has also been providing updates:

Related: Authorities looking for missing child with autism, last seen in La Vista

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