Thanks to the quick thinking of a Good Samaritan to call authorities, a 16-year-old teenager with special needs was reunited with his family last week. 

The Manasquan Police Department was alerted by a Good Samaritan that a child with special needs wandered away from home. Because the child was registered on the officers were able speedily reunites the teenager with his family.

Officers and the Special Needs Registry was praised by the teen's mother, "Only positive things can come from this." She said.

She goes on to mention that the outcome could have been different and praised the citizen who called the police when he saw her child wandered away from home. She added, "People need to call the police when they see something that doesn't seem right, and we are so grateful that someone did that for us."

"The Special Needs Registry was created for exactly this type of situation and we are so grateful that the outcome in this instance was so positive," Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said.

Gramiccioni encourages people with family members with special needs to register for this program. You can do so at

Sergeant William Sutton, Patrolman Robert Wagner, Dispatcher Christine White, and the unidentified Good Samaritan were all involved in the rescue.

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