Wilkes-Barre teen reported missing found safe

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WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Many missing persons cases end in tragedy, one case is closed with a happy ending on Thursday.

“I took care of him my whole life,” Charleen Walter said.

Andrew Evans, a Wilkes-Barre 19-year-old, had been missing since Monday. He is diagnosed with autism, ADHD and aggressive disorder and was believed to not have his necessary prescription medication.

He was seen Wednesday night just before 10 p.m. trying to get alcohol from Wyoming Valley Beverage.

Eyewitness News spoke with his mother around 11:15 Thursday morning, before Evans had been found. She said she just wanted her son back in her arms.

“Come home to mommy. You’re okay. You can come home. You don’t have to run anymore. You can come to me. You’re welcome here anytime Andrew,” Walter said.

His mom made flyers and sent everyone she knew looking for him. But her day took a turn when she got a call Thursday afternoon, saying Kingston Police found Evans safe and sound.

He was taken to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital where he will remain for an evaluation and treatment of his mental illnesses.

But at the end of the day, when someone is found safe, it is something to celebrate.

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