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Search and rescue teams going door-to-door looking for Beaverton teen

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Elvin Dejesus Gomez Mendez (Courtesy: Beaverton Police Department) Elvin Dejesus Gomez Mendez (Courtesy: Beaverton Police Department)
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UPDATE: A missing Beaverton teen has been located safe after going missing almost 24 hours ago.

 Elvin Mendez was found at a residence on the 6200 block of Southwest Hall.

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The desperate search for a Beaverton teenager with special needs continues almost a day after he was last seen.

Elvin Mendez, who goes by the nickname “Bito,” was last seen going for dinner at a taco truck on the corner of Southwest Hall and Allen Boulevard around 7:00 p.m. Tuesday.

Deputies, K-9 teams, volunteers and friends have been searching for 15-year-old Mendez since 1:15 a.m. Wednesday.

Beaverton police said search and rescue teams were called to do a grid search of the area. Teams are going door-to-door, asking neighbors if they have seen the teen.

Mendez is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 125 pounds. He has short black hair, brown eyes and he was last seen wearing a blue t-shirt, black pants and blue shoes.

According to his family, the teen has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old and only speaks Spanish, and his disappearance has left the family overwhelmed with worry.

Irma Zoto, Mendez's grandmother, said Tuesday night was like any other. She gave her grandson $5 to get tacos on the corner around, and that was the last time she saw him.

Family and friends searched for the teen on their own but finally called police around 1:00 a.m.

Neighbor Austin Youngs canvassed the neighborhood on foot Wednesday and said it’s heartbreaking to see Mendez's grandmother in tears.

“Well, I’m not sure what happened. Hopefully, he’s OK. We’ve just been searching all over the place – parks, under the bridges,” he said. “It’s really, really hard, for everybody.”

Mendez’s grandmother said the Beaverton High School student loves video games, playing with apps on his phone. She said he does have a cell phone with him, but it does not have service.

Mendez moved up from Guatemala to live with his grandmother three years ago. Speaking through a translator, she asked for the community to help in finding the teen.

“The only thing that i desire from the community is for help and compassion, since his mom is in Guatemala and she’s suffering and so am I, since he’s the only person that’s with me,” she said.

Police ask that anyone who sees Mendez to please call 911 right away.

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