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Missing Polk County teen found in Corpus Christi

Jeremiah Murphrey (Source: Polk County Sheriff's Office) Jeremiah Murphrey (Source: Polk County Sheriff's Office)
POLK COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

A 14-year-old Polk County boy has been found safe and sound, according to the teen’s mother.

The news about Jeremiah Wayne Murphrey came after a statewide endangered person was issued on his behalf. 

On Monday, The Polk County Sheriff’s Office announced that they were seeking the public's help in finding a 14-year-old boy from Livingston.

The young boy’s mother, Becky Chance, said it all started when she left for the store.

When she was leaving her home, Murphrey was upset. 

“We were gone maybe 30 minutes before I came back and realized he wasn’t there,” Chance said. “I thought maybe he 
went to play basketball, but around 12 o’clock we realized his video game was gone.”

Like any worried mother, Chance made a call to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and filed a missing person’s report. 

“He did not leave my house on foot at all. I don’t think he had intentions to not come home,” Chance said. 

Four days later, Chance received a surprising call. 

Tuesday afternoon the teen’s sister texted her and said that Jeremiah showed up at her house in
Corpus Christi.

“He told me he hitchhiked. I don’t know how he left here, but either way, he's okay and he's at his sister's house in Corpus Christi,” Chance said 

Chance said she is on her way to Corpus Christi to pick her son up and bring him back home.

Texas Alerts discontinued its Endangered Missing Persons Alert for Jeremiah on Tuesday.

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