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Teen missing from outdoor program found hungry but healthy

July 30, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Authorities say a teenager who ran away from a youth-treatment program in Utah has been found safe.

Officials with Redcliff Ascent said Saturday that 13-year-old Roberto Madrigal was found on the side of a road in Beaver County, hungry but otherwise healthy.

The California native ran away remote southern Utah location near St. George on Thursday. He’d been in the program for about a month when he disappeared.

Authorities say he had water, so was able to avoid dehydration in the arid climate.

There are several wilderness-rehabilitation programs in Utah where parents from around the U.S. send teenagers to get treatment for behavioral problems or other issues in a backcountry setting.

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