DECATUR — The search is continuing for a 16-year-old boy from Mattoon who went missing while visiting family in Decatur, with police enlisting help from Cook County bloodhounds. 

The dogs were brought in Monday to help police search for Dominic D. Walker who was last seen early Saturday morning, said Sgt. Chris Copeland.

"We talked to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and they offered whatever resources they had," he said.

The Decatur Police Department asked if there were bloodhounds available, and Cook County was the closest agency, Copeland said. He said bloodhounds are commonly used to assist in finding missing people.

Copeland said police would not release any additional information at this time.

In addition to autism, Dominic has been diagnosed with ADHD, police said.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Decatur Police Department at 217-424-2711 (choose option No. 1), or 217-424-2734.

Police previously said Walker was last seen at 1035 W. King St. between 3 and 3:30 a.m. Saturday, wearing a red sweatshirt and shorts. He lives in Mattoon and was visiting his father in Decatur at the time of his disappearance.

Dominic is described as white, 5 feet, 5 inches tall, 120 pounds with a fair complexion, brown hair and brown eyes.

Police are canvassing the area and searched nearby wooded areas, Copeland said Sunday morning.

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