15-year-old Andrew Hays found safe in Highland after urgent search

HIGHLAND, Texas — The search for a missing 15-year-old boy in the Highlands, Texas area has ended after the teen was found safe.

Texas EquuSearch had activated an immediate and urgent search for Andrew Hays on Friday morning.

Earlier reports said Hays may have taken his kayak to ride on the San Jacinto River on Thursday before his disappearance. Texas EquuSearch headed to the area with boats and began a search around sunrise.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is not sharing any details as to where the teen was found at this time, but did confirm Hays was not found on or near the water.