Teen missing after meeting stranger on gamer messaging app found in Illinois, family says

OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. — It was going on almost a week for one Olive Branch family after their son left home during the middle of the night.

The teen was found safe in Illinois Sunday afternoon, according to the boy's father.

According to the dad, he is driving now to Illinois to pick him up. He turned himself in to the fire department due to media coverage.

The dad also confirmed to FOX13, he did use the gaming app Discord to meet the person.

According to the Olive Branch Police Department, this case remains an open and active investigation.

FOX13 reached out to the company Discord for a statement. You can see it below.

“We take our community’s safety very seriously and are constantly assessing and improving our trust and safety measures. Discord is an over 13 platform and we insist that all users adhere to this policy. All chats are opt-in so that the user must accept an invitation, and we urge our community only to chat with individuals whom they know. We have also created a number of security measures to help block unknown users from contacting others. As with any digital communication platform there are risks. We urge parents to teach their children the risks of communicating online and the importance of chatting to only those they know. We will continue to work with our community and law enforcement agencies when appropriate to develop the best practices to ensure our community’s safety.”

FOX13 is working with police to learn more information.

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