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Update: Teen Found Safe in Ozark National Forest

18-year-old Jay H. Greer, Jr. of Lone Rock had been missing since around 5:00 p.m. Thursday evening.

Update:

BAXTER COUNTY, AR- A search crew has safely recovered the autistic teenager missing in the Ozark National Forest, 18-year-old Jay Hobson Greer, Jr. of Lone Rock.

He was found at approximately 7:00 PM this evening by a crew with the United States Forestry Service. 

Greer was found in a heavily wooded and rugged area approximately 2 1/2 miles from where his abandoned vehicle had been discovered this morning on Brush Creek Road near the Advance community.

Members of the search crew were able to bring Greer out of the woods to a waiting Sheriff's vehicle on Brush Creek Road. 

From there, he was transported to a waiting ambulance on Push Mountain Road. 

Greer, Jr. was cold, wet, and hungry but otherwise unharmed. 

He was to be transported to Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home as a precautionary measure for medical evaluation.
    
The Baxter County Sheriff's Office expressed its appreciation to all agencies and volunteers who participated in the successful search for the missing teenager. 



Original Story:

BAXTER COUNTY, AR- Personnel with the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office and other emergency service agencies are searching an area of the Ozark National Forest in Southern Baxter County for an 18 year old young man who has been missing since around 5:00 p.m. Thursday. 

The young man is Autistic, and his ability to communicate with others may be impaired.

At approximately 9:18 AM this morning, the young man’s father placed a call to the Sheriff’s Office to report his son missing. 

He was identified as 18 year old Jay H. Greer, Jr. of Lone Rock.  

He is described as more than 6-feet tall, approximately 270 pounds, and was last seen wearing some type of coveralls and a blue cap.

The young man’s vehicle was found abandoned on Brush Creek Road near the Advance community. 

Authorities are concerned for the safety and welfare of the teenager, due in part because of the wintery weather being experienced today, and began searching for him in the densely-wooded, remote Leatherwood Wilderness area of the Ozark National Forest.
    
Tracking dogs with the North Central Unit of the Arkansas Department of Corrections have been searching near the location. 

The Lone Rock Fire Department, and U. S. Forest Service are also assisting. 

In addition, personnel with the National Parks Service were also launching a boat on the Buffalo National River to help look for the missing teenager.
    
Anyone having information concerning the possible whereabouts of  Jay H. Greer, Jr. is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office (870) 425-7000.

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