MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ)- UPDATE:
Police have just wrapped up the search for a missing 17-year-old. The search involved officers from across the New River Valley. The big concern was for the young man's safety and whether he'd hurt himself.
Officers from a few departments just left the command post here on Lusters Gate Road within the last hour. The most important fact is the young man, who's not being identified due to his age, is safe in the hospital tonight with minor injuries. But that was after a multi-hour search all around this area.
The Sheriff's Office was joined by Blacksburg, Christiansburg and Virginia State Police in a search that started at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday. Around that time, the father of the missing boy called police saying his son had run away threatening to hurt himself. Officers set up a perimeter, brought dogs out, and even a helicopter, although it was pretty dark out.
Around 9 p.m., the young man went home. His father brought him to LewisGale Montgomery Hospital with, what the Sheriff's Office is calling, non-life threatening injuries. He'll be evaluated and likely be offered mental or psychiatric help from the hospital, as is protocol.
The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office sent out multiple cars and even a helicopter since the boy is under 18 and that the threats were taken very seriously.
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Police are searching for a runaway teenager in the Ellet Valley section of Montgomery County.
As of 8:30 p.m. Thursday, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, Blacksburg Police Department, and the Virginia State Police are pushing to find the person before nightfall.
It is unclear at this time if the teenager is armed.
Law enforcement officials do not believe there is an immediate threat to the public but still unclear at this time.