Family Cries and Hugs Police Officers as They Learn Missing Teen Is Found Safe

Playing Family of Missing Florida State Student Gets Emotional as He's Found Safe

The family of a Florida teen who had been missing for days broke down after officers delivered the news that he was OK.

Justin Shields, a 19-year-old Florida State University student, had been missing since Wednesday, but was found alive in a wooded area in Tallahassee. 

Shields’ car had been found nearby days earlier.

More than 80 volunteers and law enforcement officials took part in the search for the teen. 

It was all tears, screams and hugs as loved ones were informed by officers of the Leon Country Sheriff’s Office Sunday afternoon that Shields was safe. 

"As far as we know, he's in decent health," said LCSO spokesman Dave Teems said. "He was a little disoriented when we got him out, so we're just focused on his health right now."

The circumstances behind his appearance are unclear, but his family is just happy to have him home.

"Thank you so much for the Leon County Sheriff's Office, volunteers, fire department, FSU — I don't know if I'm leaving anybody out, but we found him and we are so grateful," his mother Ann Farrar said in a Facebook video. "So grateful for all the professionals and everybody that gave up their time to find Justin and bring him home to us."

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