BARTOW, FL. – The missing 15-year-old from Bartow, was located safe in Lakeland on Friday.
On Thursday, the Bartow Police department responded to Bluebird Ave in Bartow, in reference to a possible runaway, a 15-year-old with medical disabilities.
A search of the area was conducted by Bartow Police Department patrol units as well as the K9 Unit, detectives, and support personnel from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
The search continued throughout the evening and into the late morning hours on Friday.
Police say on Friday morning, the Bartow Police Department requested the assistance of the public to start conducting an area search.
Numerous citizens took the call and began responding. At approximately 11:30 AM, just prior to beginning the search, the missing was youth located in Lakeland by a concerned citizen, according to police.
“The child was found in good health and will be reunited with family soon. The BPD would like to thank all members of the department and the many citizens who responded with tips and information and assisted in the search over the last several hours,” said Bartow Police Department in a statement.
In a social post, Bartow Police said, “The missing young teen has been located and is safe at home. We would like to give a huge shout-out of thanks to the Bartow and surrounding community for their thoughts and concerns. Hundreds have helped by sharing our media information, and these fine folks showed up for an organized search today.”
“We are so thankful to live and work in this great community. This post is a tribute to all we have to be thankful for. Please everyone, enjoy the rest of this holiday weekend of Thanksgiving,” BPD concluded.
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