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PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY (WUSA9) -- Police say the 14-year-old special needs child who went missing earlier has been found and is safe.

John Peden, went missing atapproximately5:00 p.m. on Thursday. He ran away while he was at a marital arts studio located inHeritage Village Plaza in Gainesville, police said.

Peden suffers from Asperger's Syndrome which may cause him to run or get scared if approached.