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Missing teen found safe in Sikeston

Friday, September 30, 2011 ~ Updated 8:31 AM

BENTON -- A missing Sikeston teenager was found safe and unharmed early today in Sikeston.

Arnold Roderick "A.J." Celestina Jr., 15, was located about 8:10 a.m. today in Sikeston, according to Scott County Sheriff's Department. Authorities had been searching for the boy since Wednesday when it was reported he'd run away from home.

Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter said authorities knew the missing teen hadn't been abducted.

"The first information we got was Wednesday night and that he was a runaway. He was actually running when they were trying to catch him," Walter said.

Authorities had been following some leads the teen was staying with some friends in Sikeston prior to him being found today. No further information was available at press time.