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Krispy Kreme manager helps find missing boy with autism

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Clark recognized Jones from an NBC12 Facebook alert Clark recognized Jones from an NBC12 Facebook alert
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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

A manager at a Krispy Kreme who identified a missing Chesterfield County boy with autism said he recognized the child because of an NBC12 alert on Facebook.

Yurik Jones was found at the Krispy Kreme on Midlothian Turnpike. Brandon Clark says the child came in and told a clerk he needed a ride home, so he brought the child to the back of the restaurant.

"I said, 'what's wrong?'" said Clark. "He said, 'I've been kidnapped, and I need a ride home.' So, I asked him his name and I remember seeing it on the news and on Facebook!"

Clark says he called police and kept the child safe in a back room.

"I was like, 'how did you get here?'" Clark reported. "He was like, 'this was the closest place I could find.' He said, 'I was hungry, so I came here.'"

Clark said Yurik asked for some doughnuts. He happily munched on two chocolate doughnuts with sprinkles while they waited for police.

"He was like, 'I just want to get home to my mom,'" said Clark.

The child appeared to have traveled more than five miles, mostly on foot.

"He was shaking," said Clark of Yurik. "His hands were ice cold. He said he'd been walking for a long time."

Chesterfield Police say they are not investigated a kidnapping. Family members have previously reported that the 12-year-old ran away. He has been diagnosed with autism, and family members say right now, he operates with the mental capacity of a 6-year-old.

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