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South Carolina Police Find Body of Missing 16-Year-Old Boy Logan James

By Zachary Stieber

A missing 16-year-old has been found dead in South Carolina, several hours after he was reported missing.

The body of Logan Jones was found in Greer after he was struck and killed by a train late May 14, the Greer Police Department said.

An autopsy by the Greenville County Coroner’s Office showed the death was a suicide, reported WSPA.

“The Greer Police Department’s thoughts and prayers are with the family of Logan James,” Lt. Patrick Fortenberry said in a statement.

The teen was struck around 11 p.m., after he was last seen around 7:30 p.m., police said.

Beth Brotherton, a spokeswoman for Greenville County Schools, told the Greenville News that Jones was a sophomore at Riverside High School.

Counselors were sent to the school on Wednesday to help students respond to the death.

No other information was available.

People considering suicide should call the suicide prevention lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. The lifeline provides free and confidential support for people in distress.

Missing Toddler Found Safe

A missing boy was found alive several days after vanishing from his home in Kentucky, officials announced on May 15.

The Kentucky State Police said that Kenneth Howard, 22 months old, was found near a strip mine in Floyd County, near the border of Magoffin County.

The Magoffin County Sheriff’s Department said that Kenneth was “in remarkably good condition” apart from suffering from dehydration.

“Thanks to all who prayed, searched and helped in any way!! This is the best news ever!!!” the department stated.

Family members had said that Kenneth disappeared on May 11 from his house in Salyersville.

“He was outside with his dad and we see he just went around the back of the house, and when he went around after, he was just gone,” mother Samantha Moore told WTVQ. “It’s like he just disappeared. Like he’s just gone. I just feel like I’m in a daze. Like it’s just a nightmare.”

Robert Prater, a family friend and the Magoffin County Emergency Management Director, said that from what he knew the family was on the front porch when the child vanished.

“I think the dad may have been on the front porch talking with maybe one of his brothers. I think the child slipped out the back door,” Prater told WYMT.

Father Elden Howard said that Kenneth just walked out of the house.

“Yeah, it’s just like he disappeared. No sign, no nothing. That’s the reason I’m starting to think, if we can’t find him, somebody’s picked him up,” Howard said, adding that he was offering a $5,000 reward.