Sheriff: Missing Tye boy has been located

KTXS News Anchor George Levesque By George Levesque, Managing Editor/Anchor, glevesque@ktxs.com
POSTED: 4:25 PM Jul 03 2013   UPDATED: 7:56 PM Jul 03 2013
Niedecken
ABILENE, Texas -

The Taylor County Sheriff says that a 15 year-old Tye boy, missing since Saturday, was located in Abilene Wednesday afternoon.

A staff member at the Ben Richey Boys Ranch, was contacted by Niedecken and picked him up on Buffalo Gap Road. The staff member then contacted Taylor County Sheriff's Office investigators.

On Monday, the department asked media outlets to help get the word out that 15 year-old Jody Niedecken was missing.

Since, the sheriff said they received numerous calls.

Niedecken was spotted on security cameras at the Walmart on Southwest Drive and was also believed to be spotted at the Mall of Abilene.

Originally, they thought his disappearance may not have been voluntary.  They're now treating this as a juvenile runaway case.