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Police Conducting Major Search Operations to Locate Missing Clarksburg Teen

UPDATE at 7:30 pm: MCPD reports that Josh Cubert has been located in Black Hill Regional Park at about 7:00 pm Sunday evening. After being evaluated by medical personnel, Josh will be reunited with his family.

At about 6:00 pm last night, June 9, 19-year-old Joshua “Josh” Cubert ran away from his mother as they were walking to the playground near their home in Clarksburg and he has been missing ever since. Detectives say that Josh is diagnosed with Autism and is non-verbal. He is very shy, and while he is six-feet tall and 145 pounds, he functions at about four-year-old level.

Police have activated a task force to search for Josh, from a command area in the far rear parking lot of the Clarksburg Premium Outlets. MCPD has mobilized a small army of professional search and rescue personnel, trained civilian volunteers, neighbors, friends, and teachers from Josh’s school, as well as law enforcement officers from Loudon County and the Maryland State Police helicopter to search of Josh.

“Search operations kicked off yesterday evening,” said Lt. Amy Daum, of MCPD’s 5th District. “We did a pretty comprehensive search of the area last night, but it was dark. So we came back here today and started to do a more comprehensive search during daylight hours. When we get something like this when we don’t have someone who is immediately found, we call in neighboring jurisdictions and borrow other resources to put more people on the ground and have more eyes in the area. We are partnering with some civilian teams, such as the Community Emergency Response Team or CERT team, which is a group of civilians trained in search and rescue.”