A teenage boy with Asperger’s who has been missing from a hospital since Saturday morning is unlikely to go anywhere busy because of his condition, according to his dad.
Andrew Lincoln, 19, absconded from the secure National Autistic Unit of Bethlem Royal Hospital – where he had been a patient since January – between 1.30am and 5am.
The unit is in Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham and police have advised the family to be on the look out for Andrew in the Lewisham, Bromley, West Wickham and Croydon areas.
Andrew’s dad, Richard Lincoln, 49, said: “The hospital phoned at about 8am on Saturday morning saying Andrew had gone missing. He has Asperger’s so has trouble communicating with people.
“He has no money, no phone. He may have squirreled away some food and found somewhere to hole up. There’s no friends or family in the area so I think he will still be in the same location.
“We’re trying to find him and keep our eyes open. The police have said to publicise it as much as possible but I think it will be dumb luck if we run into him.
A Metropolitan police spokeswoman said: “Officers are aware of missing teen Andrew Lincoln (19) and are currently carrying out enquiries to trace him.
“Anyone who has information or knows where Andrew is, are asked to call 101 quoting 19MIS032547.”
Vanessa Smith, interim director of nursing at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, said:“On August 17, Andrew Lincoln went missing from Bethlem Royal Hospital in Bromley. We are concerned for Mr Lincoln’s welfare as he is extremely vulnerable and are working with Andrew’s family and police to help find him.
“We would urge anyone who thinks they have seen Andrew to ring 101 or 0208 649 0145 and quote reference number 19MIS032547. Andrew is 19 years old, around 6 ft. tall and wearing a dark coat.”