A runaway teen has been located after leading troopers on a search for more than 24 hours on Etolin Island.
Alaska State Troopers say they were notified about the missing juvenile at about 5 p.m. Friday. The 14-year-old boy from Bethel was attending a behavioral health camp when he "became upset with his counselors and left on foot without any provisions" at about 8:30 a.m. Staff says the teen had runaway before and they initially began the search without help from authorities.
After several unsuccessful hours of searching help was called in from Wrangell Search and Rescue and State Troopers. In addition a United States Coast Guard helicopter contributed to the search.
The search was suspended Friday evening due to low light and resumed the next morning at 7:30 a.m.
Wrangell SAR located the young man hiding in a vehicle parked near Anita Bay. He was evaluated by medics and found to be in good condition, and is being transferred to another youth home.
AST Spokesperson Megan Peters declined to say much about the search due to the subject being a juvenile.
"This SAR presented more difficultly than usual for the searchers, as the juvenile was actively avoiding contact with them during the search," Peters wrote. "Certainly when we are looking for a troubled youth, there is great concern for the individual’s safety and wellbeing which can add more urgency to search personnel."