NOLENSVILLE, Tenn. – A 16-year-old boy reported missing in Nolensville last week was found safe Tuesday night in Rutherford County.
Christopher Smithburg was found about two miles from his Nolensville home by Rutherford County Sheriff deputies. He had set up a campsite and had food and other items on hand.
The 16-year-old was said to be in good condition and was transported to Stonecrest Medical Center in Smyrna for an evaluation. Authorities said he will be held in juvenile jail overnight. He will eventually face a juvenile court judge for a runaway citation.
Earlier in the day, an elderly man spotted Smithburg in the area just off Cooks Lane. Deputies were able to track him down hours later just a few hundred yards from where he was spotted.
So far, the reason why the teen ran away was unknown. Authorities said they will interview him over the next couple of hours.
Multiple agencies, including the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, have spent days assisting in the search.
"We've had so many different search teams and I want to thank the community. The community has been very thoughtful about what we're trying to do," said Williamson County sheriff Jeff Long.
Smithburg was last seen Thursday, March 27, at his home on Rocky Fork Road in Nolensville. Smithburg, who is home schooled, was doing chores around the house when he vanished, according to his parents.