Missing Ocala teen found safe

Gabriel Velez, 15, was found safe on Wednesday

Gabriel Velez (Contributed Photo (Marion County Sheriff's Department))

OCALA, Fla. – Marion County deputies reported they have found a teen they believed to have been missing and in danger, Wednesday.

Gabriel Velez, 15, was discovered to be missing from his home Tuesday morning.

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Deputies said Gabriel has a medical condition that requires medication, which he does not have with him. Because he left his medication behind, and other indicators of self-harm, deputies were considering him in danger.

He was found safe on Wednesday morning after deputies sent out a tweet asking the public to be on the look out for him.


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