17-year-old reported missing Wednesday found dead, cops say

Deputies say a 17-year-old boy who was reported missing Wednesday was found dead.

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office was called to a home in the 15000 block of Rose Grove Drive on Wednesday night when a woman reported her son, a 17-year-old, missing after he left his house.

Deputies were later called back to the home and told the boy could be wanting to harm himself.

The 17-year-old was found dead near his home Friday morning, according to the sheriff’s office. His death is being investigated as a suicide.

Sara Nealeigh covers what’s happening in the cities of Bradenton and Palmetto, Florida for the Bradenton Herald. She previously covered breaking news for the Herald after moving to Florida from Ohio in 2016.