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UPDATE: Missing teen found safe

A Powell teenager who had been missing since the weekend has been found and is safe, the Park County Sheriff's Office said Thursday morning.

"The Park County Sheriff's Office wishes to express our appreciation to the concerned citizens who provided information aiding in our investigation and to those who provided comfort and support to the family," the office said in a posting on its Facebook page.

The family of Garret Henderson, 14, had asked people to contact them or authorities if they knew where he was. Henderson left a letter behind that his parents, Tye and Tammi Henderson, found on Saturday morning. It said he had left home by choice.

“I wish I knew,” Tammi Henderson said Wednesday when asked why her son left home.

“We’ve followed a zillion leads and nobody we’ve talked to has seen him with their own eyes or told us truthfully that they have not,” she said.

The Park County Sheriff’s Office said Henderson had been listed as a runaway and said when found, he would be held until he can be turned over to his parents. An officer said the teen was not considered at risk and was believed to still be in the area; Tammi Henderson said she believes that, too.

The Powell Police Department has been notified, but since the Hendersons live in rural Powell, the sheriff’s office has been in charge of the search. Powell High School Principal Jim Kuhn cited confidentiality rules and declined to comment.

Tammi Henderson said Wednesday that the sheriff’s deputies had been “amazing” and had worked hard to try to find her son,

“They check everything,” she said.

Henderson said once her son turned up, he would be welcomed home.

“He’s coming home,” she said. “He’s broken no laws. They’re bringing him home.”

Locals started a prayer vigil for the Henderson Family on Tuesday. To sign up for it, go to


  • posted by Joanie

    April 11, 2014 10:44 pm

    The Henderson Family,
    Thankfully Garret is safe and our thoughts and prayers are with you all, Hugs.

  • posted by Julie Durham

    April 10, 2014 10:58 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Henderson family. Come home safe Garrett. The Durham family is praying for all of you.

  • posted by Smith Family

    April 10, 2014 10:02 am

    The Smith family is praying for you all. Come home safe Garrett. Your friends and family love you.

  • posted by christine wickelman

    April 09, 2014 6:28 pm

    Prayers abundant for the Henderson family. Come home Garrett. Your parents are waiting for your safe return.

  • posted by Mary Jane

    April 09, 2014 3:50 pm

    Garret is in our prayers to know his family & friends love him & that he should return home. Nothing is more importent then family.

  • posted by Deb Fischer

    April 09, 2014 3:45 pm

    We can only imagine how hard this has to be for the parents, the whole family and community. God willing Garret will return home soon and safely. God Bless all of you.

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