Community searches for missing teen boy with autism


A major search is underway in Malverne for a missing teen with autism.

Police say 17-year-old Joseph “Michael” Barbella was last seen around 5 p.m. Monday.

According to police, the teen was visiting San Dee Lanes Bowling Alley on Francis Street when he became startled and took off.

A search was underway last night and social media posts about the missing teen from Franklin Square have been shared hundreds of times.

Malverne’s police chief says the teen is known to hide under cars or in sheds.

Anyone who sees Barbella, who was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, should call 911.

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