UPDATE: Missing teen home safe

Updated: Apr. 15, 2020 at 7:03 AM CDT
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WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - Missing teen David Koetter has been found and is home safe.

According to the father, the teen took his dog outside during the evening on Tuesday. Koetter went to a wooded area near his house and got lost.

He then found a low area to get out of the wind and sleep.

On Wednesday, the dog led him back to his home.

“The turnout at noon to search for him was amazing we are truly humbled," his father Nick Koetter said. "It goes to show you that virus or no virus this community and this town will pull together to help a young man.”

The original story can be found below:

An investigation is underway after a Wichita Falls teen was reported missing.

Wichita Falls police officers and deputies with the Wichita County Sheriff’s Office were called out to Lori Lane around 11:40 p.m. on Tuesday night.

Authorities have said they do not believe foul play is involved in his disappearance and they are currently treating it as a runaway case

WFPD officers and detectives are continuing their search for Koetter in order to ensure his safety and bring him back home to his family.

We spoke with the boy’s father, Nick Koetter, who told us that as of 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, his son has still not been found.

“We are very worried. This is not like him. He is a very quiet, kindhearted little boy. Please just pray for a safe return, and let anyone know to keep a look out for him,” Koetter told us on Facebook Messenger.

Koetter posted the following message to his Facebook page early Wednesday morning.

My son has went missing. He took our dog a blue heeler for a walk yesterday evening and we think got lost. He was in the lions park area over by hayes elementary school behind McDonald’s by Sheppard AFB main gate. Please if you have seen a teenage boy 5′8″tall 150 lbs wearing a camo hoody jeans and possibly walking a blue heeler please let us know we can be reached at 8152915757, 8158213729,9402376664,9402376720.”

Be sure to stay with News Channel 6 for updates on the investigation.

David Steven Koetter
David Steven Koetter(Wichita Falls Police Department)

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