Missing teens found safe, authorities say

WWNY Missing teens found safe, authorities say

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - The missing-child alert for Bree Shultz has been canceled.

Jefferson County sheriff’s officials say the 14 year old from Cape Vincent and 17 year old Jacob House of Natural Bridge were found safe and in good health at around 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Authorities wouldn’t say where they were found, other than it was in the Natural Bridge area in the town of Wilna and it wasn’t far from where they were last seen on Lewisburg Road. But Jacob House’s grandfather told 7 News they were found on Wrape Road near Carthage.

“As I’m told, they’re in good health and all is well,” said Detective Ben Timerman, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.

Officials said the teens were found with the help of local residents.

The sheriff’s office had been using the Natural Bridge Fire Department as a command center for the search, because they were believed to be in that general area.

Officials said they couldn’t say much about the pair because both are minors, but did say they were checked out by EMS personnel from Natural Bridge and Carthage.

Sheriff’s officials and state police were to interview them later in the day.

A statewide alert for Shultz went out around 8 p.m. Tuesday and was canceled as of 10 a.m. Wednesday.

“We did resume major searching again this morning and through that we did receive some information to check for them and we did locate both Shultz and House at that location," said Timerman. “We would like to say thank you to those people who have provided information to us and also offered to help us locate them. Everything has been very appreciated.”

The pair had been on an ATV when they were last seen Tuesday morning.

Authorities said they believed Shultz had left willingly, but thought she might have been in danger.

Officials did not disclose a reason for the teens' disappearance, but House’s grandfather says he was supposed to take House to New York State Police the day he went missing.

Officials say both House and Shultz will be interviewed by both State Police and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.

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