Nonverbal teen found wandering by police; Share this story as Texas authorities attempt to help bring him home to his family

Image released by the Midland Police Department on Jan. 29, of the unidentified adolescent. If you have any information, call 432-685-7108. (Midland Police Department, Midland Police Department)

MIDLAND, Texas – Police in Midland, Texas, are asking people everywhere to share information regarding a nonverbal young man whom police found wandering alone in an alley on Sunday.

Police want help return him to his family after he was found near Ward Street and Shandon Avenue in Midland around 2:10 p.m. on Jan. 29. He is approximately 13 to 17 years old. Police said officers attempted to collect information from him, but he would not respond, and officers recognized he may have a mental disability and was non-verbal.

Although initial reports stated that the teen was unable to communicate what his name was or where he lived, when asked to write his name, he wrote “Cordarius” several times. Although he is not able to verbally communicate police stated he is currently healthy, fed, warm and happy.

Officers also briefly discussed what would happen when the parents or guardian is found and if they could possibly face any charges.

Detectives said they have followed up on information received from the public and surrounding agencies but have not been able to identify the juvenile. During a news conference on Thursday, officers did say they collected DNA from the teen and fingerprints. The DNA has since been sent to officials in Dallas, but due to the weather there is no specific time on when the results will be back.

The investigation is ongoing but anyone with information is asked to call 432-685-7108. Here’s more from a news conference held Thursday by Midland Police Department.

The teen is in the care of Child Protective Services.

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