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North Pole teen found after running away twice

By Hope Miller 3:36 PM August 7, 2014
ANCHORAGE –

Update: Richard has been returned to his family, troopers said.

Troopers are again asking the public for help finding a 14-year-old runaway who went missing after being reunited with his family Wednesday night.

Richard Wellfort of North Pole hadn’t been seen since he ran away June 29, according to Alaska State Troopers. Richard, who also goes by the name Andrew Cullens, was found safe in Fairbanks around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

By 10 p.m., however, his family had reported him missing again, said AST spokeswoman Beth Ipsen. When he ran away he was wearing a white-and-blue striped shirt that was turned inside out, red shorts, black socks and no shoes. Because Richard is a juvenile, Ipsen said she could not comment on the circumstances surrounding his disappearances.

He is described as 5-foot-6 and about 108 pounds with brown hair and green eyes. He’s believed to be in Fairbanks, Ipsen said, and anyone with information on Richard’s whereabouts is asked to call AST at 451-5100.

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