Teen jogger who vanished from Forsyth Co. park returns home safe - CBS46 News

Teen jogger who vanished from Forsyth Co. park returns home safe

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Source: Forsyth County Sheriff's Office Source: Forsyth County Sheriff's Office

A University of Georgia student who went missing Monday evening after going for a jog returned home Wednesday morning unhurt.

Byron Grogan, 19, drove to Chattahoochee Pointe Park off Old Atlanta Road at about 9 p.m. Monday.  By 1 a.m. Tuesday, Grogan's parents became worried that he hadn't returned and went looking for him.

They found his car at the park, but there was no sign of him. Soon afterward, deputies from the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office began searching for the teen. The following day, nearly 200 volunteers and multiple law enforcement agencies joined in the search. The sheriff called off the search at nightfall, pledging to resume the search Wednesday morning.

But a second search day wasn't necessary. At about 2 a.m. Wednesday, Byron Grogan returned to his home on foot. According to Cpl. Doug Rainwater of the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office, the teen told his elated parents he'd gotten lost during his job and slept in the woods.

Deputies plan to question him in more detail Thursday.

“We’re checking everything, but we’re going to give the family a chance today to just embrace their 19-year-old," Rainwater said.

At the moment, detectives don't believe anything sinister happened during Grogan's disappearance. Rainwater pointed out that the park spans more than 100 acres and has a number of trails that wind through the woods along the Chattahoochee River. He said the brush is so thick in some areas that even helicopter searchers with thermal imaging cameras could've missed him.

"There were a hundred different places that somebody could be laying down," Rainwater said.

Detectives say it's possible Grogan became dehydrated and disoriented during the heat of the day Tuesday.

"No water," Rainwater said. "You certainly can’t drink water from the Chattahoochee River."

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