NORTH SALT LAKE -- Parents of an 18-year-old boy with Asperger's syndrome appeared relieved as they shook hands with police before leaving the parking lot where a command post had been stationed.
Casey Carter, of North Salt Lake, had been missing since 4:30 p.m. Thursday and was found at 9:40 a.m. Friday by employees of the South Davis Sewer District.
"He appears to be fine and has no injuries," said North Salt Lake Police Sgt. Mitch Gwilliam.
Casey was transported to a local hospital to be evaluated. His parents put a large duffel bag in the back of their truck before following the ambulance.
Casey, who has the mental capacity of a 12-year-old, and his family recently moved to the area from another state, Gwilliam said. He got into a disagreement with his family on Thursday and left.
Police were called within the hour to help search for the teenager. Roughly 100 officers from several agencies, including volunteers from the Davis County Sheriff's Search and Rescue, participated in the search, Gwilliam said. A helicopter from the Department of Public Safety and a dog from South Salt Lake were also enlisted in the search.
Gwilliam said "the driving force" behind so much effort being put into the search was Casey's diminished mental capacity and that he did not know the area well.
Casey "took a sleeping bag and found shelter in the middle of nothing and spent the night there," Gwilliam said.
Temperatures were in the 40s Thursday night and early Friday morning.
Gwilliam said the employee who found Casey had heard on the news that the teenager was missing. He was out checking the canals and also decided to see if he could see the teenager. He saw Casey walking along the canal and called police.