Missing Roanoke teen found safe

Published: Dec. 8, 2022 at 9:32 AM EST
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - A Roanoke teen with autism was found safe on Thursday morning after he was missing for nearly nine hours.

Police found the 14-year-old at the Roanoke City Public Library downtown. The librarian recognized him and called the police.

The teen did not have a Project Lifesaver tracking bracelet but he is being enrolled in the program now.

Police believe he walked nearly four miles from his home to the library.

A captain with the police department explained everyone is glad the boy is safe.

”We see nationally what happens a lot when there’s missing children and the outcome tends to be bad,” Captain Adam Puckett said. “We have found children in wells, we have found children just in very dangerous situations so its such a relief when the child is reunited with the family and no one’s harmed and there’s no issues at all.”

The Roanoke Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police helped Roanoke City in the search Thursday morning.

EARLIER STORY: ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - A Roanoke teen with autism has been reported missing, according to the Roanoke Police Department.

The 14-year-old was last seen at 1:30 a.m. at his home in the 3700 block of Signal Hill NW.