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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

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Early this morning, a resident in the 23400 block of Hartland Street spotted Collett walking down the street and recognized him as missing. Detectives were then able to locate him. He was in good condition and has returned to his family.

Los Angeles:
The family of Steven Collett and the Los Angeles Police Department are asking for the public’s help in locating him after he walked away from his school today and hasn’t been seen or heard from since.

On Tuesday, August 28, 2012, around 1:30 p.m., Steven Collett was last seen at his school at 8218 Vanalden Avenue.  He may have tried to walk to his residence in the 7800 block of Vanalden.  Steven is autistic and does not like crowds.  His family is extremely concerned for his safety and well-being.

Steven is a 20-year-old Caucasian man, with short dark brown hair, green eyes, 6 feet 1 inch tall, and weighs 240 pounds.  He is believed to be wearing a purple T-shirt, tan shorts, green shoes and carrying a purple back pack.  

If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Steven, please contact the Los Angeles Police Department, West Valley Area Police Desk at 818-374-7611.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters may also go to, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts



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Harold Adams, Outstanding Community Member
Harold Adams
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