Emerson Ionita Credit: Courtesy of Franklin County Sheriff's Office

A Florida teenager who went missing from the Flagstaff Lake area during a weekend camping trip has been found safe, according to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

Emerson Ionita, 15, has been returned to his friends, after he was reported missing Monday, an employee of the sheriff’s office said. No deputies were available to supply further details about how or why the teenager went missing.

Before he turned up overnight, Ionita was last seen on Flagstaff Road in Eustis, after he reportedly wandered away from where he and friends were camping over the weekend, the sheriff’s office said. Authorities did not say specifically where he was camping. He didn’t tell his friends where he was going, police said.

Witness say they saw Ionita, of Doral, Florida, walking Monday around 7:30 p.m. toward The Arnold Trail, a hiking path the goes between Flagstaff Lake and Route 201, police said.

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Callie Ferguson

Callie Ferguson is an investigative reporter for the Bangor Daily News. She writes about criminal justice, police and housing.