THE family of a missing teenager who was recently found alive and safe speak out after allegations about the circumstances of his disappearance.
Scottie Morris, 14, was found Friday night after being missing for over a week in Eaton, Indiana, and was last seen around 8:30 p.m. CST on March 16.
As The US Sun previously reported, the Eaton Police Department made the official announcement around 10:58 p.m.
“We have one of the best updates to give,” officials wrote in the update on Facebook.
“Scottie has been located and found safe! Doctors are examining him right now and we will be conducting interviews.”
“We would like to thank all the agencies, departments and volunteers who helped!” they added.
It’s still unclear exactly where Scottie was found, but the circumstances of the teen’s disappearance on March 17 have caused concern for police and local residents.
The latest photo of Scottie before his disappearance showed the teenager with his head shaved and a t-shirt he was said to be wearing.
It read, “I’m a liar” and “I hurt my little brother,” along with “cheating.”
Now, members of the Morris family, including Scottie’s aunt, Melissa Morris May, have come to the defense of the teen’s parents, according to the New York Post.
“The family has done nothing wrong and is thrown [sic] enough and don’t need the negativity,” May wrote on the Facebook page she created, titled Help Find My Nephew Scottie Morris.
“Thank you to everyone who joined the group to help find Scottie. Please remember not to abuse or blame the family or you will be removed immediately.”
Police later confirmed that Scottie’s mother and father, Felicia and Brian Morris, forced him to wear the controversial t-shirt for the picture.
However, they found that the parents were fully cooperative in the investigation and both underwent a lie detector test.
Before Scottie was found, Eaton Police Department chief Jay Turner noted his suspicions about the parents’ decision.
“I’ll say the shaved head was his idea, they went to Great Clips and he told them he wanted it,” Turner told Indiana ABC affiliate WPTA.
“But the shirt was quite unorthodox, kind of disturbing and we’re investigating that.”
Authorities ended their extensive searches Tuesday after issuing a silver alert when Scottie was reported missing on March 17, meaning the boy may have been in “extreme danger” and “may need medical attention.”
Turner previously told the Star Press that he and the department, along with over 100 volunteers, “swept the entire city at least four times” without finding any sign of Scottie.
They even used helicopters and horses to search for the 14-year-old.
After she was found Friday night, police found Scottie was taken to the emergency room at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital “for a precautionary check-up.”
Again, law enforcement said the teen’s family “cooperated with all aspects of the investigation.”
“Interviews will continue throughout today,” they added.
For more information on missing persons, see The US Sun’s coverage of a father’s final hours before his body was found in a rolled-up rug.
The US Sun also has the story of police allegedly tapping leads in the ongoing case of missing 11-year-old Madalina Cojocari.
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