SHERIDAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) - Police found a Calhoun County teenager safe 14 hours after he left a note saying he was leaving and would not be returning.
Jeffrey Scott Mooney, 15, has a minor medical condition and police were concerned for his safety because of the cold weather.
Deputies were called around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to the Starr Commonwealth facility near Albion, where Jeffrey was staying.
Police began a search using a Michigan State Police helicopter with a heat censoring system, as well as tracking dogs. The search efforts on Wednesday night were called off due to darkness and the thickness of surrounding woods.
The search resumed Thursday morning and a Department of Public Works spotted him around 9:30 a.m., but Jeffrey ran back into some woods near Albion.
The state police helicopter was called back to the scene and authorities set up a perimeter. Jeffrey came out of the woods and taken back to Starr Commonwealth. He was cold but unharmed, police told 24 Hour News 8.
Jeffrey previously spent four months in an outdoor wilderness survival class in Utah, police said in a news release. He took warm, thermal clothing with him before disappearing on Wednesday.
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