Autistic Boy Lost in Woods in "Good Shape"

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- An autistic 18-year-old who was lost for four days in the West Virginia wilderness has been released from a hospital.

Jacob Allen was found yesterday, not far from where his parents lost sight of him during a hike on Sunday.

A spokesman for the search effort says doctors gave him a clean bill of health.

Details of his four days on his own may never be known. He doesn't speak, and he uses body language and pictures to communicate with his family.

When he was found yesterday, he was hungry and thirsty -- but otherwise, he was in good shape.

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