Missing teen found alive, Flagler County deputies say

Deputies: Rickey Wheeler, 17, located by bloodhound in wooded area

By Roxy Tyler - Web producer, Colette DuChanois - Web producer

Ricky Wheeler, 17, missing from Palm Coast, Fl

PALM COAST, Fla. - A teenage boy was found alive on Tuesday after a dayslong search, the Flagler County Sheriff's Office said.

According to deputies, Rickey Wheeler, 17, was reported missing about 5 p.m. Friday after he was last seen at his home, the Madison Green Apartments in Palm Coast.

Deputies said Wheeler was considered endangered, as he has muscular dystrophy and may not have been taking his medication.

The Sheriff's Office Marine Unit, Bike Unit, Emergency Response Team, Patrol Units and investigators searched the area near Wheeler's home, the wooded area north of State Road 100 and other locations of interest submitted in tips from the community.

On Tuesday, more than 100 community members also took part in a structured volunteer search that was organized by the Sheriff's Office.

During the search, deputies said, Wheeler was located by a Putnam County Sheriff's Office bloodhound in a wooded area near Palm Coast Center Parkway.

Deputies said the teen was transported to Florida Hospital Flagler, where he was reunited with his family. He was reportedly in stable condition.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement canceled a statewide Missing Child Alert for Wheeler after the teen was found.

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