Missing autistic teen found in Malverne expected to be OK

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Officials say a missing autistic teen who was found in Malverne is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery.

Joseph “Michael” Barbella, 17, disappeared from the San-Dee Lanes Bowling Alley around 5 p.m. Monday.

Shortly after, a search commenced through the night for the teen, including community members and first responders.

According to police, a woman saw clothes hanging on her fence on Mcintosh Court around 8 a.m. and dialed 911. Barbella was found a short time later at the location, which was about a mile away from where he went missing.

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In exclusive video taken by News 12, Barbella is seen shivering and underdressed as first responders wrapped blankets around him.

“He was down to just a tank top…and a pair of athletic pants. He looked like he was freezing,” said MTA Officer Doug Joseph, who made the rescue with his K-9 partner, Holland.

Barbella was taken to Nassau University Medical Center. He is said to be doing well and expected to make a full recovery.

Meanwhile, law enforcement officials say they'd like to thank all of the community members and volunteers who came out to help with the search.

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