A Laclede County teen reported missing on Tuesday has been found safe and sound in Wright County.
“He’s at home and safe now,” Laclede County Sheriff Wayne Merritt told The Daily Record today.
On Tuesday evening, 16-year-old Matthew Louis Heaslet’s mother reported to the Laclede County Sheriff’s Office that her son had left sometime the night before from their home on Route JJ between Sleeper and Stoutland and had not returned. The woman reported that when she went to her son's bedroom at about 6 a.m. that morning, she discovered that he was missing. His window was open and the screen had been pushed out, according to Merritt.
Contrary to information on Facebook and reports from other media outlets, the LCSO never issued an endangered person advisory for Heaslet. Merritt said there was no reason for law enforcement to believe that there was any evidence for him to be an endangered person, adding that information about suicidal Internet messages that are mentioned on a Facebook page dedicated to finding the once missing teen were not reported to the LCSO.
Heaslet was discovered sometime on Thursday by the Wright County Sheriff’s Office. Merritt had no further details as of early today about when the boy was found or what events led up to his discovery.