Tularosa, NM (KDBC) — The Otero County Sheriff's Office is actively searching for a 27-year-old autistic man that went missing from Tularosa, NM last Thursday, March 20, 2014.
Matthew Ellinger, 27, is described as 5 foot 10 inches dall, weighing approximately 140 pounds and has a short, scruffy beard. Matthew has autism that requires daily medication and reportedly has the mental age of an 8-10 year old.
Matthew is believe to be wearing work clothes, construction type boots, and was last seen carrying a backpack and a fishing pole. He may show signs of confusion and appear disoriented.
His family believes he may be trying to get to one of the places that his family has taken him fishing in the past. He said he wanted to go to Arizona to fish. He may have hitched a ride from a truck driver since his Dad drives a truck and he would have felt comfortable getting in with someone who drives a truck.
If you have any information, please contact the Sheriff's Office at 575-437-2210.