Missing teen found; no charges filed

Louisville, KY - By Matt McCutcheon - e-mail | bio

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The community was searching for a missing 18-year-old young man, while four days passed before the hunt came to an end and he came home.

It is a happy ending that Jordan Humphrey's family had hoped for and it happened late Monday night.

"Oh, God, we prayed! Thank you Jesus!" his family members exclaimed during the emotional reunion.

"Words can't express it," his uncle, Jonathan Salvi, said about the return. "Finally knowing the hard work has paid off, and he's home safe, not harmed, that out efforts weren't in vain, we got him home safe."

While Jordan is 18, his family says he has mental disabilities and is more like a 12-year-old.

Also a concern WAVE 3 uncovered is that the area around his family's Brownsboro Road home is littered with sex offenders. Family, friends, and police scoured the area looking for him for the four days he was missing.

"We were out in Oldham County, going off a tip, following the dogs, when we got a tip he was found. At that point I turned my car around, did 100 the whole way home," his uncle said.

But Jordan was safe the entire time, and explained where he went and why.

"My mom was arguing with me, and cussed me out and stuff. I love my mom but she needs to realize I'm 18 and legal," Jordan said.

He says he simply went to get away from it all.

"I was staying at a friend's house, and he was like you need to let your mom cool down for a few days, I'll take you home," Jordan said.

His family is just happy that Jordan is home safe and sound.

"Hard work paid off, we kept our positive attitude about everything, and we made him come home," his uncle said.

Police say there will be no charges in the case, because Jordan is an adult at 18-years-old and there are no filed documents making him someone else's dependent, despite his family's claims of his mental state.

Despite the Golden Alert and all the concern it raised, police say the person whom he stayed with is free and clear from any charges, especially since Jordan chose to go there.

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