Clermont police search for missing teen

Parents say teen taken advantage of by strangers he talked to online


CLERMONT, Fla. – Clermont police are searching on Monday for an 18-year-old, described by his parents as mildly autistic, who was reported missing.

Noah Heslin, whose parents say has the social capacity of a ninth-grader, was last seen at a home in the 400 block of West Lakeshore Drive in Clermont on June 10.

Heslin's mother tells Local 6 her son was taken advantage of by a stranger online after befriending the stranger and leaving.

"How easy is it for people to groom them and convince them that 'mom and dad is the enemy and I'm going to take care of you?' That's my fear," said Tammy Heslin.

Investigators are trying to get into Heslin's iPad, where they say he talked with the stranger. Heslin's family members said they had already taken away all of Heslin's electronics to stop him from talking to people online, but that he had received the iPad from school.

According to police, Heslin was last seen wearing a teal Fox brand T-shirt, camouflage shorts, black knee-socks, a blue-and-white hat and was carrying a black backpack with neon pink and green diamonds.

Police described Heslin as 5 feet 11 inches tall, 130 pounds with short brown hair and brown eyes.

Contact Clermont Police investigator Eric Lane at 352-394-5588, ext. 118 if you have any information on Heslin's whereabouts.