Autistic boy missing after car swept by flood in Hickman County

Autistic boy missing after car swept by flood in Hickman County

Posted: Updated: Jun 06, 2014 08:33 PM
Tristen Demumbran, 6 Tristen Demumbran, 6
CENTERVILLE, Tenn. - More than 100 people are searching for a six-year-old boy with autism who remains missing Friday after a vehicle he was riding in was swept away by floodwater in Hickman County.

It happened around 10:30 a.m. Thursday in the Beaver Creek Dam area near Centerville, about 60 miles southwest of Nashville.

Authorities began searching for Tristen Demumbran several hours later, around 1:30 p.m., because his mother said she lost her cell phone in the water and was unable to call for help right away.

Five people, including three other children inside the vehicle, were able to escape safely, family members told News 2.

A relative said the family had been without power for two days, so the mother, grandmother and children went out to get something to eat.

“They lived down the road where it flooded and they didn’t think the water was as high as it was," the child's aunt, Rene Swanson, told News 2.

According to Swanson, the children’s mother was attempting to get them to safety when she was knocked unconscious after being hit by some type of debris, possibly a tree limb.

“Everyone has been found safe except Tristen. We are still looking for Tristen,” she explained. “We hope to find him before the night ends.”

Mother Gidgett Demumbran added, “He's an amazing little boy. He smiles all the time. He is always happy."

Nearby agencies, including Maury County and the Tennessee Highway Patrol, are assisting in the search.

 “We are in a rescue mode right now. This creek is way out of its bank and it is mean. We are praying we find this little boy,” Sheriff Randal Ward said.

Authorities said a Hickman County rescue boat capsized while searching for the child Thursday. The searchers all escaped unharmed.

Rescue crews called off the search Friday evening. They plan to look again Saturday morning.

Tristen was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, blue shorts and tennis shoes.

Family members said Tristen’s autism is severe enough that he will run away if he hears a stranger call his name.
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