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Missing Orofino High School student found, faces runaway charges

UPDATED: Tue., April 18, 2017, 5:02 p.m.

The high school student from Orofino, Idaho, who went missing after prom Saturday night has been located.

Kristian Perez, 17, was found early Tuesday morning at a residence in Orofino, the Orofino Police Department said in a news release. The teen was located in the home belonging to 26-year-old Tyson Imel after police followed a tip that he was staying there.

Perez went missing Saturday night after checking out of his high school prom around 9:30 p.m. His tuxedo jacket, one shoe and his broken cellphone were recovered near a vehicle driven by one of Perez’s relatives who drove the teen to prom that night.

A canine tracking team was able to follow Perez’s scent from where the prom took place at the National Guard Armory westward to a nearby parking lot along U.S. Highway 12, but the track was lost there, a previous news release stated. Police believed then that Perez may have entered a vehicle at that location.

Perez was found in good and health and was taken into custody without incident at about 12:45 a.m. Tuesday, police said. The teen is facing a runaway charge.

Idaho is one of nine states where that is a crime.

According to the release, Imel may also be facing criminal charges for allegedly sequestering the teen and providing assistance in his runaway.

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