Man hailed for finding missing autistic teen asleep in shed

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Posted: Jan 25, 2017 2:44 PM

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — A suburban New York man is being hailed as a hero for finding a missing autistic teenager sleeping in his backyard shed during a rainstorm.

Newsday reports (http://nwsdy.li/2jy18cP ) that Hempstead communications employee Mike Caputo was awarded a key to the town on Wednesday for finding 16-year-old Joseph Barbella.

The teen's father, John Barbella, says Joseph was missing for about 12 hours during a strong storm earlier this week.

Caputo heard police helicopters Tuesday morning and texted a neighbor to ask what was going on. The neighbor told him about the missing teen.

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Caputo checked his shed and found Joseph sleeping on the floor. He covered the teenager with a blanket and called 911.

John Barbella thanked Caputo. He says his son is "a very lucky kid."

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Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com