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Authorities found the stolen U-Haul and the missing man with special needs

Anaheim, California – Authorities say that an autistic man who had been reported missing was located unharmed early Thursday morning, and that a U-Haul vehicle that had been stolen in Anaheim while he was inside has been found.

According to the Anaheim Police Department, both the car and the victim, who was identified as 63-year-old James Blackwood, were found in the 3000 block of La Brea Avenue in the Baldwin Hills area.

Information on arrests made was not made public, but according to multiple sources, 3 people have been detained by authorities. The person who stole the truck was described as a white woman with a thin build and long straight blonde hair, who was last seen wearing a bandana over her face.

According to an earlier report, the rented box truck had been stolen from West Lincoln Avenue near the intersection with Beach Boulevard with a man with special needs inside after the man’s caregiver left for a moment to go inside a DMV office.

The vehicle that was stolen was a U-Haul 2011 10-foot GMC box truck with the Arizona license plate AE23468 that was last seen being driven northbound on Western Avenue from West Lincoln Avenue.

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