LAKEWOOD — A teen with autism who went missing on Wednesday evening was located with her boyfriend in an unoccupied apartment, police said Thursday.

Jennifer Valle-Valiente ran away from a family member in the area of Second Street and Park Avenue at approximately 6 p.m., according to police, who told the Lakewood Scoop that a K9 and a drone, as well as dozens of volunteers, were part of the search.

Lakewood police said that the investigating officers found her in the apartment on Woeler Avenue about 10:20 a.m.  She was in good health and would rejoin her family soon, according to police.

Valle-Valiente's disappearance was also reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNJ.

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