Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Ozzy Osbourne’s music helps locate missing autistic boy

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A missing 8-year old California boy with autism has been found with the help of Ozzy Osbourne’s music.

ABC News reports the search for Joshua Robb, who went missing during a night of lightning storms, ended Tuesday afternoon when a search and rescue team found him in the woods near his school after playing recordings of Ozzy Osbourne.

Joshua was dehydrated and tired, but in good shape, authorities said, according to KABC-TV Los Angeles.

Joshua had spent Monday night in the forest near the San Bernardino mountains in dangerous conditions. Lightening and heavy downpours temporarily stymied overnight search efforts.

When the weather subsided Tuesday, the search for Joshua resumed around 7:30 a.m., aided by Los Angeles County, Orange County, and Riverside. Authorities used two dogs to detect Joshua's scent as more than 40 people sifted through thick brush on foot while a helicopter searched overhead.

The searchers also used recordings of his father's voice and Joshua's favorite country and heavy metal music, including songs by Ozzy Osbourne. "They feel it will comfort him and draw him," San Bernardino County sheriff's spokeswoman Cindy Bachman told the Associated Press early Tuesday.

Police said Joshua squeezed between the bars of a metal playground fence at his school, Grandview Elementary, near Lake Arrowhead Monday morning. Joshua has run away before, Bachman said, and although the school's staff chased after him they couldn't catch him.

Read more at ABC News here.

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