Missing NM man with autism found on Fort Bliss

Missing NM man with autism found on Fort Bliss
Courtesy Otero County Sheriff's Office
Friday, March 28, 2014 - 9:42pm

UPDATE: We were contacted by a friend of the Ellinger family around 8:00 p.m. Friday night that Ellinger had been found on Fort Bliss. According to sightings reported by followers on the NewsChannel 9 Facebook page, Ellinger had been sighted at Academy Sports buying fishing bait on Sunday morning and had since been seen near Spur 601 and Sgt. Major Blvd.

According to the Alamogordo Daily News, Ellinger was transported to an El Paso area hospital for treatment of dehydration and abrasions to his feet. His mother, Darla Ellinger had reportedly confirmed that her son was the man located on Fort Bliss Friday evening.

We have made a call to Ellinger's mother, and we will update if more information becomes available.


The Otero County Sheriff's Office is actively searching for a 27-year-old autistic man that went missing from Tularosa, NM last Thursday, March 20, 2014.

Matthew Ellinger, 27, is described as 5 foot 10 inches tall, weighing approximately 140 pounds and has a short, scruffy beard. Matthew has autism that requires daily medication and reportedly has the mental age of an 8-10 year old.

Matthew is believe to be wearing work clothes, construction type boots, and was last seen carrying a backpack and a fishing pole. He may show signs of confusion and appear disoriented.

His family believes he may be trying to get to one of the places that his family has taken him fishing in the past. He said he wanted to go to Arizona to fish. He may have hitched a ride from a truck driver since his Dad drives a truck and he would have felt comfortable getting in with someone who drives a truck.

If you have any information, please contact the Sheriff's Office at 575-437-2210.

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