Dozens searching for missing autistic boy near Lynnwood

Snohomish County Sheriff's detectives and a group of volunteers are searching missing 6-year-old Dayvid Pakko, who is mildly autistic. (Photo courtesy: Snohomish Co. Sheriff's Office)

LYNNWOOD, Wash. - Snohomish County Sheriff's detectives and dozens of volunteers are searching for a 6-year-old boy with autism who went missing from his home near Lynnwood Monday afternoon.

The Sheriff's office said Dayvid Pakko was last seen around 2:30 p.m. in his home at the Bristol Square Apartments near 156th St. SW and 44th Ave. W., just a few blocks from Highway 99.

Pakko's mother said he stayed home from school and another adult was taking care of him.

Detectives said Pakko is 48 inches tall, weighs about 48 pounds and has dark blond hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing green camouflage pajamas.

A search team, which includes a helicopter, several K9 crews, detectives and more than 60 volunteers, will continue looking for the boy through the night.

Investigators said he is mildly autistic, which could complicate search efforts.

"The concern is with all these lights and all these people, strangers in the dark, rather than running toward these people who want to help you, there's the concern that he might run away, just out of fear," said Shari Ireton with the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.

The Sheriff's office is asking people to avoid the area. Some nearby roads have also been shut down for the safety of the search teams.

Anyone with information or may have seen the boy is asked to call 425-407-3970 or 911.

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