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Father: Missing Lutz teen found safe


Published:   |   Updated: August 9, 2014 at 04:26 PM

The father of a missing Lutz 16-year-old says his son has been found.

Elijah Aleem Hosein, of 19411 Wingrove Lane, left his home around 11 p.m. Thursday, his parents told police. Before leaving the boy left a note indicating he may harm himself, police said.

“I think teenagers, you know, they’re filled with emotion,” Farouk Hosein said today about his son’s reason for leaving. “Life’s messages and life’s actions aren’t as clear.”

Hosein said his son used an ATM card from a spot in Siesta Key. Hosein drove to Sarasota this morning has been reunited with Elijah.

Elijah, who attends Steinbrenner High School, is in good health and was not harmed, Hosein said, adding no one assisted his son in leaving.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said the case has been resolved.

“As a family, we thank everyone in the community for all the love and prayers and support,” he said.

More than 1,000 people looked for the teen, Hosein said. He also thanked his church, Grace Family.

“I can’t put into words how much love and support there’s been,” he said.

Hosein said he didn’t sleep during the three days the boy was missing. He tried tracking him through the ATM card’s usage. He looked for the boy in Gainesville after the card was used there but didn’t find him.

Elijah’s parents and two younger sisters are relived to have him heading how now, Hosein said. The family is a strong unit, he added.

“Every person carries a huge part of it,” he said. “We’re back together now.”

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