Ninth autistic life lost to wandering

Michael Kingsbury disappeared Sunday morning near his home in Northeast D.C.

Within moments of finding 7-year-old Michael Kingsbury’s body, police ran to the scene and began shutting down streets all over the area.

Kingsbury, 7, went missing from D.C.’s Trinidad neighborhood. Photo: MPD

It was in an abandoned car that police discovered Kingsbury’s body just before 6 p.m. It was only about 40 feet from where the child had last been seen by family members about 32 hours prior.

It only took first responders minutes to arrive, but it was too late. Kingsbury had died, and neighbors are in shock.

Many are upset, questioning how Kingsbury could not have been found earlier. Yesterday, police had even parked their cars just feet from the car where the child was found. One volunteer said he had even helped police cadets search that very area.

“If we missed that spot, if we missed that, I have no idea how,” he said. “And I’m really sick if we did.”

Police say it is too early to know whether the child had been in the car the entire time he was missing, or just for a portion of it.

There are some in the neighborhood who say that they don’t think the Metropolitan Police did enough to try to find Kingsbury, which police refute.

Kingsbury’s mother told ABC 7 that her son had autism spectrum disorder. She said the only other time he ever wandered off he was found only one door away. This time, just two doors away, he was almost that close.

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