A local teen who was reported missing March 21 has died.
According to Cpl. Doug Rainwater of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, 16-year-old Ryan Haley was found dead on Saturday, March 31.
Rainwater said that Haley was found by searchers in a mountainous wooded area south of Knoxville. He said that currently they can not confirm how the teen died, but that there were no signs of foul play.
He said that currently they believe that Haley voluntarily left the state, getting a ride from a friend’s family member.
A news release by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children from March stated that Haley was last seen in his Cumming neighborhood, and may have traveled north to the area of Tellico Plains, Tennessee.
According to the obituary, Haley was an 11th grader at Mountain Education Charter School and “loved skateboarding, the outdoors, hiking, animals and hanging out with his friends.”
Services for Haley will be held Friday at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Ingram Funeral Home in Cumming.
In lieu of flowers, Haley’s obituary stated that donations may be made to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children or to the Forsyth County Humane Society.
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