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Father searching for autistic son missing since Sunday

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SAN ANTONIO - A father is desperate for help, trying to find his autistic son who has been missing for five days.

"It kills me everyday, you know," Jerry Miranda said. "Not knowing if he is okay."

Jerry Miranda Jr. wandered out of his home on the Southeast side Sunday evening and never came back. He's 21 but because of his developmental disorder, his dad says he functions as a 10-year-old.

"He has more or less the mind of a 10-year-old," Miranda said. "He doesn't know how to fend for himself. He's not street smart. He could be going in any direction, he doesn't really have direction. It doesn't let him funciton the way that he should as a grown up."

Someone reported seeing him at a gas station on S.E. Military Dr and Goliad Rd but it's unconfirmed if it was definitely him.

"We've passed out flyers, we've been to the northeast, west side, north side and we have not heard from him and I'm very very concerned about him," Miranda told us.

Miranda said Jerry Jr. is extremely trusting of strangers and he worries someone may pry on his vulnerability.

"My biggest fear is that somebody's taking advantage of him," Miranda said. "I'm trying to keep the faith that somebody will come forward and let us know where he's at."

Jerry Jr. is described as 5'8'' with dark brown hair and eyes. If you have any information on his whereabouts, contact SAPD at 210-207-7273

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