Missing Del Cerro teen found in Alabama

Posted at 5:34 PM, Jan 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-13 21:51:10-05

SAN DIEGO - A Del Cerro teen missing since Monday was found Thursday hundreds of miles away.

Crispin Dowell, 16, went missing at around 5 a.m. Monday from his Del Cerro home. Dowell also has high-functioning Autism.

Until Thursday, authorities could not locate Dowell but said he left a mysterious trail of clues to his whereabouts.

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Around the same time that he disappeared, Dowell bought a Monster energy drink and lighter at a Del Cerro Chevron. He then withdrew $100 from a La Mesa Chase Bank around 9 a.m. and later that evening at 6 p.m., he withdrew $100 at another Chase in Santee.

Dowell's father, Peter, posted on Facebook Thursday night that his son had been located in Alabama.

Dowell's mother said her son took a bus to Alabama to meet a friend that he met online.