Missing teen Scottie Morris found alive and safe after a days-long search for 14-year-old who vanished from home
OVER a week after he vanished from his home, 14-year-old Scottie Morris has been found.
Police in Eaton, Indiana announced late Friday night that Scottie was located and found alive and safe.
Missing teen, Scottie Morris, 14, has been found aliveCredit: Eaton Indiana Police
Scottie was last seen leaving his family home in the small town of Eaton, Indiana, on ThursdayCredit: Facebook/Karena Thomas
Over 100 volunteers searched the small town for the missing middle schoolerCredit: Facebook/Sarah Boyles
The teen was last seen on Thursday leaving his family home in Eaton, about 76 miles north of Indianapolis.
“We have one of the best updates to give,” read the update from the police department at approximately 10.58pm.
“Scottie has been located and found safe! Medics are checking him out right now and we will be conducting interviews.
“We want to thank all of the agencies, departments, & volunteers that helped!”
Indiana state police issued a silver alert, which is only allocated in special circumstances, including if the missing person is an endangered child, for the missing teen on March 17.
A search party of more than 100 volunteers scouted the small town for the teen.
A photo of Scottie featured in the missing person flyer by Eaton police sparked an online outcry due to the teen’s visibly sorrowful state.
Scottie appeared visibly upset while wearing a white t-shirt with the word “liar” written out front.
Eaton Police Chief Jay Turner apologized to the public for the strange photo saying it was the online picture given to them of the middle schooler.
“When posting Scottie was not in trouble with the department, we meant we were here to help him and it is the intent of every officer to find him safely,” Turner wrote.
Turner said the police department only wished to notify the public about the teen’s disappearance as soon as possible, saying Scottie escaped the home and ran out into a chilly night in nothing but shorts and a t-shirt.
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