Missing Mansfield Juvenile Found Safe

  • 6/21/2019 5:22:23 PM
  • Jesse Smith
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH - 17-year old Blake Gerdau has been found safe.  The Richland County Sheriff's Office located him last night.

Around 9:30 AM Friday morning, the Mansfield Division of Police was notified to be on the lookout for a runaway juvenile.

The teen, 17-year-old Blake Gerdau, ran away from Foundations for Living (located at 1451 State Route 39), and fled into a wooded area north of the facility. He was last seen on Hickory Lane. Attempts to locate the teen were unsuccessful. Staff members at the facility are highly concerned due to Gerdau's past history of suicide attempts, the most recent of which was only several months ago. The teen hasn't made any suicidal threats or comments since. According to staff members who last saw him, Blake was upset over a disciplinary incident from the day before, which may have contributed to his decision to flee the facility.

Blake was last seen wearing a gray T-shirt, jeans, and gray shoes with white bottoms. He is approximately 6 feet tall, weighs 177 pounds, and has blonde hair and blue eyes. He does not have family in the area.

Witnesses who have seen the teen or know of his whereabouts are asked to call 911 and/or Mansfield Police Dispatch at (419) 522-1234

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