SPALDING COUNTY, GA — A teen who has been missing for the past two years has been found “alive and well.”
Aubrey Jayce Carroll (above, center) was 15 when he was last seen, leaving his high school on May 24, 2016, in Griffin, Georgia. Now 17, Carroll appeared smiling and waving in a Facebook Live video with Spalding County Sheriff Darell Dix.
His family had never stopped searching for him, and held a vigil on January 11, 2017 — the teen’s 16th birthday.
The FBI posted on its Facebook page that he may have been with friends in Jones County at the time.
A press release from the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office stated that finding Carroll was a joint effort between the FBI and Texas Rangers. Dix stated that they got a break in the case when officials found a Facebook page that Carroll had launched under an assumed identity.
“He traveled extensively on the West Coast and Midwest. During this time, he became a part of a group of people who live by bartering, operating with cash only, and traveling from state to state,” Sheriff Dix said in the statement. “They basically looked like a group of people from the Woodstock era in their clothing and lifestyle.”
Sheriff Dix stated that a family member was able to get Carroll in contact with his mother so he could ultimately return home to Georgia.
“These messages occurred over several days, and we allowed Aubrey to pick a location where he felt safe. Last night I received a call that Aubrey was with his mom and was safe. He agreed to meet with me and Lieutenant Mike Morris so we could question him about why and how he disappeared, and basic questions about his wellbeing and safety,” Dix continued in the statement.
“I’m all right, I’m OK,” Carroll says in a video shared by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office. “I’d like to thank y’all so much for all your prayers and looking out for my mama,” he said. “I appreciate y’all so much.”
Sheriff Dix passed along a message that both Carroll and his mother wanted to share with anyone who is missing a loved one: “Keep praying, keep looking, and keep your faith,” Dix wrote. “Miracles happen.”
If you are in search of a missing person, make sure to enter their information into the database of the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.
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Main photo: Aubrey Jayce Carroll [Spalding County Sheriff’s Office]