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Santa Monica Police Find Missing Tennessee Teenager In Parking Structure

Hunter D. Barnes, 17, was located Wednesday morning in Santa Monica.
Hunter D. Barnes, 17, was located Wednesday morning in Santa Monica.

Posted Aug. 2, 2012, 7:25 am

Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief

A Tennessee teenager who had been missing for more than a month was located sleeping inside his car that was parked in Santa Monica Parking Structure 3 on Wednesday morning.

Hunter D. Barnes, who turns 18 in three days, is a William Blount High School student in Blount County, Tennessee.

His mother Karen Click reported her son missing on June 14.

SMPD Sgt. Richard Lewis said the teenager was found after officers received a radio call to check out a report of a person sleeping in the rear of a white Mazda Protege at the structure located at 1320 4th Street at about 6:40 a.m.

Lewis said Barnes provided his Tennessee identification to officers who were able to identify he was a missing/endangered runaway. It is not known if he owned the Protege, but it was the car he was last seen in before he went missing.

Barnes was transported to a local detention facility and will be transferred back to his home state.

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Aug. 2, 2012, 6:25:38 pm

mike smith said...

Geez..unless the guy is crazy, leave him alone. 18 y/o in 3 days? Leave him alone. His Mom knows he is safe now, and let's face it... everyone with a 3 digit I.Q. in Tennessee wants to leave it. lol

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