UPDATE: Missing San Tan Valley boy returns home, PCSO says

Austin Streit, 15, has been missing from San Tan Valley since Nov. 15. People with information about his whereabouts are encouraged to call the Pinal County Sheriff's Office at 520-866-5111. Deputies believe he is hiding somewhere, PCSO spokesman Tim Gaffney said.

Austin Streit, 15, has been missing from San Tan Valley since Nov. 14. People with information about his whereabouts are encouraged to call the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office at 520-866-5111. Deputies believe he is hiding somewhere, PCSO spokesman Tim Gaffney said.

UPDATE: Austin Streit, the 15-year-old San Tan Valley boy who was reported missing Nov. 14, has returned home.

Austin returned home Nov. 22 on his own, Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Tim Gaffney said in an e-mail to the Queen Creek Independent this morning. No other information was released.

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One week after he was reported missing, a 15-year-old San Tan Valley youth has not been found, according to a representative from the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office.

“Just checked. He is still missing,” PCSO Deputy Chief Tim Gaffney said in an e-mailed response to questions early morning on Monday, Nov. 21.

PCSO continues to ask the public for help to locate Austin Streit. Austin was last seen around noon on Monday, Nov. 14, at Mountain Vista Academy, 33622 N. Mountain Vista Blvd. in San Tan Valley.

Deputies believe he is in hiding, Deputy Chief Gaffney said in an e-mail last week. The PCSO spokesman said in his e-mail Austin has run away four times in the past few months.

“We are looking for him and asking for help from the public but he is hiding somewhere.  He had court for a criminal offense the day after he ran away and never showed up for it,” Deputy Chief Gaffney said.

Austin was last seen wearing a blue plaid shirt; a white tank top and a yellow, hooded sweatshirt. He was wearing red and black shoes and a black hat and carrying a Star Wars backpack, according to the alert PCSO posted on its Facebook page.

He is 5 feet tall and weighs 83 pounds, brown hair and blue eyes, according to the post.

Austin’s family told deputies he has been diagnosed as bi-polar and having attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to the post. The family has also reported he can be irritable when off his medications. There are no life-threatening issues, according to the post.

People with information regarding his whereabouts are asked to call the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office at 520-866-5111

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