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Search for Missing Teen Called Off

By: Lauren Schmoll Email
By: Lauren Schmoll Email

UPDATE: 7/27/13
FAYETTE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Emergency crews in Fayette County, West Virginia say a missing teenager who disappeared from a campsite has been found.

Deputies with the Fayette County Sheriff's Department says Zebulon McNeill was located at a visitor center in Princeton.

McNeill's parents reported him missing about 5:30 Saturday morning.

McNeill is 16 years old.

He and his family had been camping for two weeks at a camp site on Army Camp Road.


FAYETTE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Emergency crews in Fayette County, West Virginia are searching for a teenager who disappeared from a campsite.

Zebulon McNeill is 16 years old. He and his family had been camping for two weeks at a camp site on Army Camp Road in the Prince area. The family is from Durham, North Carolina.

McNeill's parents reported him missing about 5:30 Saturday morning.

Bloodhounds with the Sheriff's Office tracked McNeill's scent, and investigators believe he may have been picked up by a vehicle. They cannot say for certain, however, that he did not go into the water.

The Sheriff's Office says there is reason to believe McNeill contacted friends via social media and arranged to be picked up.

McNeill is a white male, approximately 5'7" and weighs 115 pounds. He has short hair that has been dyed orange and has a scar above his left eye. He was last seen wearing an orange t-shirt with a bleach stain on the front, blue jeans and black Converse high-top tennis shoes.

"This young man has apparently been struggling with some life issues in recent months," Sheriff Steve Kessler said. "It appears likely that he may be attempting to run away from his family."

The incident remains under investigation.


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