Statement from iCare4 Autism / Shema Kolainu about Brandon Darbeau

Brandon Darbeau, 20, who has autism went missing in August of 2015 in Brooklyn, NY.

The Shema Kolainu family is saddened to hear the news about Brandon Darbeau, 20, going missing and encourage all of our Brooklyn neighbors to share his photo and to be on the lookout for him.

As a school and center that works with autistic children, we empathize with Brandon’s unique situation and pray that he is found safe and unharmed. Many autistic children who wander or go missing are nonverbal and may need special assistance from the community and from first responders.

“I am totally concerned about Brandon and ask that my fellow New Yorkers please be on the lookout for him,” said iCare4Autism / Shema Kolainu President Dr. Joshua Weinstein.  The Center for Missing and Exploited Children offers information on why those with autism may wander and has tips for parents, guardians and community members (in English and in Spanish) available online.

We would also like to remind those who know anyone on the autism spectrum that there are resources available to help keep track their friends and loved ones. For more information, please call Shema Kolainu’s Director of Communications & Development Mary Leslie at (718) 686-9600, ext. 1108.  Anyone with information or who spots Brandon Darbeau should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at

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One Comment

  1. Muriel O'Connor
    Posted September 14, 2015 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

    What is the status regarding Brandon Darbeau? Has he been found? Is he ok? I am the mother of a 23 year-old, autistic son and he is an eloper/runner. I hope this young man has been found & that he is home, safe with his family. Please let me know.

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