By Jonathan Williams and Debra Minor Wilson
Times West Virginian
Following a day-long search involving various law-enforcement agencies, a missing teen was taken into custody Friday evening.
Fairmont Chief of Police Kelley Moran said the teen, who was thought to be suicidally depressed and potentially dangerous, was taken into custody at Valley Falls State Park by U.S. Marshals and members of the Fairmont Police Department around 5:40 p.m. Friday.
Because the individual is a minor, Moran was unable to comment on the subject’s identity.
Alex Neville, supervisory deputy U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of West Virginia, said surveillance was set up in the area around Valley Falls near the Marion-Taylor County line. He said the marshals arrived there around 4 p.m., and at about 5:40 p.m. they saw a male subject matching the teen’s description near the railroad tracks.
“We approached him on foot and he gave up willingly and complied with our commands. He was unarmed and unharmed,” Neville said.
He added that the youth had been there for several hours — “We believe he arrived in the area at about 7:30 in the morning and had been on the park grounds since then” — and that he had not been in Clarksburg as previously indicated.
“Our information is he traveled on foot from Fairmont to Valley Falls, walking several hours throughout the evening, to arrive early, and he stayed throughout the day,” Neville said.