10-year-old boy found walking on I-290 reunited with family

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A 10-year-old boy with autism was found walking along Interstate 290 on the Near West Side Monday evening. | Illinois State Police

A 10-year-old autistic boy who was found walking along Interstate 290 in the Near West Side Monday evening has been reunited with his family.

Police found the boy walking on I-290 westbound at Ashland about 5 p.m., according to a statement from Illinois State Police.

The boy was taken to Lurie Children’s Hospital to be evaluated for injuries, police said. He identified himself by name but did not know his birthdate.

A few hours later, the boy was reunited with his grandmother at the hospital, police said. It was not known how and why the boy got onto the expressway.

Illinois State Police are seeking the public’s help in providing information that could fully identify a boy found walking on I-290 in the Near West Side Monday evening. | Illinois State Police

Illinois State Police are seeking the public’s help in providing information that could fully identify a boy found walking on I-290 in the Near West Side Monday evening. | Illinois State Police

A spokesman for the state Department of Children and Family Services said they could not comment on whether the agency was investigating due to confidentiality laws.

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