Missing 16-year-old runaway found safe, returned to therapeutic home

Posted Jan. 23, 2013, at 9:50 a.m.

CASCO, Maine — A teenager who ran away from the Spurwink House in Casco Tuesday afternoon was found Wednesday morning in Harrison.

Michael Pendexter, 16, has been returned to Spurwink House, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department. The search for Pendexter began around 2 p.m. Tuesday, when he walking near the intersection of routes 121 and 11, where he ran into the woods while being followed by staff members from Spurwink. A search of the wooded area by sheriff’s deputies, Maine State Police and the Maine Warden Service failed to find the boy and police appealed to the public Tuesday evening for information about his whereabouts.

“We would like to thank our concerned citizens for their continued help regarding this incident,” reads a press release circulated Wednesday morning.

Spurwink’s Casco Program consists of a school and six residential homes, providing “a safe and highly structured therapeutic environment for adolescents with emotional, behavioral and developmental challenges,” according to the organization’s website.

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