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Peoria PD: Missing, endangered teen Tariq Staples located and is safe

Tariq Staples
Posted at 12:31 PM, Feb 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-20 17:33:49-05

PEORIA, AZ — UPDATE: Peoria police say Tariq Staples has been located and is safe.

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The Peoria Police Department is asking for help locating 14-year-old Tariq Staples.

Police say he left his home around 6:45 a.m. Tuesday near 95th and Olive avenues without letting his parents know where he was going.

According to family, Tariq is high-functioning autistic.

Although it is unclear where Tariq may have gone, he has recently been located at a QuikTrip at 91st and Olive avenues, and near the Loop 101 and Camelback Road in previous instances where he left home.

Tariq is described as a white male, 5 feet tall, 100 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. Tariq was wearing a white shirt and navy blue pants and possibly had a backpack with him.

Anyone who sees Tariq is encouraged to contact the Peoria Police Department.