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Hopkins police, community members search for missing 4-year-old boy

HOPKINS, Minn. — An active search continues across the southwest metro for a missing 4-year-old autistic boy.

Hopkins police issued an emergency alert Sunday morning for the boy, later identified as Waeys Ali Mohamed. Police say he is not speaking and was last seen around 7:30 a.m. in the 1200 block of Second Street Northeast.

Volunteers gathered Monday morning at the Hopkins Fire Department to continue the search. Officials plan to provide an update on the search at 11 a.m. You can watch this press conference live on CBS News Minnesota in the video player above, through the CBS News app, or on Pluto TV.

“We will be here as long as it takes to bring Waeys home,” Hopkins Police Capt. Craig Kreiling said at a news conference Sunday evening.

Police said witnesses reported seeing Waeys walking east from the area. Landowners in the area are being asked to check for signs of the boy.

Police described Waeys, who is black, as 3 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 40 pounds. He has short, curly black hair. He was wearing blue pajama pants, no shirt or shoes when he was last seen.

Hopkins Police Department

Waeys is easily frightened by noise, police said, and attracted to water.

Search teams, search dogs and search boats participated in the operation, according to police. Many community members also contributed to the research.

“I have two sons and I can’t imagine what it would be like to lose one of them. They’re older now,” said volunteer Thomas Knapper. “I’m disabled and I can’t really walk well, but I feel like I have to try.”

Kreiling said since Waeys is drawn to water, the focus has been on nearby Minnehaha Creek.

“We’ve had many searchers in the water itself, floating from here to where the creek flows into the Meadowbrook Golf Course area,” he said.

Anyone seeing the boy is asked not to startle him and call 911.

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