NORTH OGEN, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – A North Ogden teenager with autism and a mental illness was found Monday morning by an “alert citizen”, police say.
Detective Paul Rhoades with the North Ogden Police Department said shortly after 8:00 a.m. Monday, they received a call that someone spotted Parker Ryan, 13 in the southern end of Weber County.
Ryan went missing on Thursday. He was last seen in the area of 1700 North 400 East which is near his North Ogden home. Police don’t know how Ryan ended up almost 15 miles away from his home.
“We’re going to be speaking with him and determine that,” said Detective Rhoades. “Whether he took a bike, bus or walked. We don’t know that yet.”
Police worked overtime shifts throughout the weekend trying to find Ryan. There was a concern that the teenager was in danger because he was without his medication.
“We worked overtime checking fields, checking abandoned houses and checking the hillsides trying to figure out where he could be hiding out. I’m glad he was found where he was because if he had gone out in the mountains in this weather — it gets pretty cold up there,” Rhoades said.
Police are working with Ryan’s family to arrange for resources to assist him so that this doesn’t happen again.