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Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2018 10:45 am | Updated: 10:50 am, Thu Dec 6, 2018.

A juvenile from Mentone went missing Wednesday night and was found by authorities near Valley Head on Thursday.

At approximately 5 p.m. on Dec. 5, Andrew Morgan, 14, of Mentone, left his home on County Road 647 and was reported missing by his family, according to Mentone Police Chief Brad Gregg.

“He had walked off the side of the mountain and walked all night from about 5 p.m. [Wednesday] to 7:30 this morning,” Gregg said. “He went to someone’s house in the valley, north of Valley Head, and they took him in, got him warm and fed him.”

Morgan was taken to Valley Head High School where he was interviewed and the school nurse checked his condition, Gregg said.

Although it is still unclear who found Morgan, Mentone Fire Chief Joseph Lee said the boy is in good condition.

Lee led the unified command of the agencies in their efforts through the night.

“Everything I asked for, I got 110 percent from everyone,” Lee said. “We also had a team with special tracking dogs from Athens, they are actually volunteer, and they did a superb job.”

Captain Michael Stone, of the DeSoto Rescue Squad, said they coordinated with the multiple agencies to search the Mentone and Valley Head area.

“We did a ground search using a grid search pattern to try to locate him while we were trying to get other resources such as the state helicopter a team available to fly,” Stone said. “We coordinated with the police department, fire department and the rescue squad. We had a unified command system.”

The following agencies participated in the nightlong search for Morgan: DeSoto Rescue Squad, Valley Head fire and police departments, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, SARTEC K-9 Search and Rescue, of Athens, Alabama, DeKalb County Emergency Management Agency and the Cullman police department provided a helicopter.

Morgan is reported to be in good condition and was taken to Valley Head High School for questions by police and evaluations from the school nurse.

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