Autistic teen still missing, says mom

Cynthia Ellis is still looking for her son, 18-year-old Robbie Brooks, after the autistic teen disappeared from his Lachine group home on Tuesday.

"It's like a roller coaster ride," she told CJAD News.

"My son is missing, and that's all I can think about. If I am not on the radio with media to try and get the word out, I am a basket case once those phone calls stop. I just want to ball up into a ball and cry."

Yesterday Ellis received word from a friend of her son, who is also autistic, that he had encountered Robbie at the Fairview Mall and saw him get on a bus heading for the Cote Vertu metro station.

Police and family friends quickly descended on the station, but Robbie was not on the bus when it arrived. Flyers were put up in the area directing anyone that saw the young man to notify the authorities.

"Today when they went back [...] they found that in the area that the flyers had all been pulled down.

"I don't know if this means that he did it, we have a strong feeling that it was probably him," she said, adding he is not on medication and angry with his caregivers.

Ellis says Robbie is angry with his caregivers but "we don't know why particularly."

"When he does get in those moods, it's hard to know if he's going to end up calling home or not."

Robbie is 5'10, 147 pounds, has light brown hair and hazel-brown eyes.

Ellis says he is suspicious of strangers and is easily upset.

Ellis asks anyone who sees him to contact police or her at 514-771-0119.

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  1. Geo posted on 08/22/2014 07:20 PM
    About 20 years ago, I took my little daughter to a Library in Mile End..

    It was packed tight with people. BUSY.

    During the visit, I lost sight of her. I panicked. 5 minutes of the most fear I have ever felt in my life. I ran around the library like a madman until I spotted her sitting in a corner, reading a book. I realized then how much my children mean to me. I will never forget that.

    And Robbie's mother must be devastated.

    Let's all take a better look around. Where we walk, where we drive...anywhere. Take a good look at his photo. Print it out.

    Let's find him and reunite him with his Mom.

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