Two juveniles were located in the Sandy Hook community of Elliott County Tuesday after a multi-agency effort to locate them after they were reported missing from the Stambaugh area of Johnson County.
According to Johnson County Sheriff Doug Saylor, the two juveniles were a 17-year-old male and a three-year-old female, who were seen riding a 90cc ATV before they were unable to be located.
“The young man was special needs,” Saylor said. “Apparently he ran out of gas in the middle of the road and a good Samaritan stopped to help, gave them a tank of gas and asked if they knew how to get home. (The young man) said he did, but they were going the wrong way.”
Saylor said that it was roughly an hour and a half after the two had left before they were reported missing, which gave them a bit of a head start on law enforcement, volunteer fire departments and other individuals who began searching. Saylor said there were dozens of people searching for the two.
The two were discovered in Elliott County, apparently having traveled all the way there on paved roads.
“They told us he was afraid to climb hills,” Saylor said. “So, he apparently stayed on blacktop the whole time.”
Saylor said the juveniles being found was a result of many agencies in many different counties working together and expressed his gratitude for the response.