By: Jeremy D. Wells
Carter County Times
A missing youth who walked away from a foster home in Carter County has been located, and returned home, according to his uncle and the Kentucky State Police.
Police issued a statement on Friday requesting public assistance in locating 15-year-old Samuel “Sammy” Goodridge after he “walked away from a foster home on White Road, during the late evening hours.”
Goodridge, who was last seen dressed in athletic gear and carrying a backpack, is from Boyd County. He had no known ties to Carter County, police said, making it unlikely he was with a friend, neighbor, or family member. He hadn’t reached out to any friends or family members at that time either, police said.
That changed over the weekend, however. A man identifying himself as Goodridge’s uncle, Benjamin Baldwin, reached out to media outlets on Sunday afternoon to tell them Goodridge had been found and was, “now safe with family.”
Baldwin, who has been posting on the search with the hashtag #BringSammyHome, said he was not aware of all the details at this time, but he did say Goodridge had been missing since Wednesday, not Friday, and that he was, “back with my sister and the rest of the family.”
Baldwin thanked media on behalf of the family for sharing Goodridge’s photograph, and everyone who shared the posts and offered their “thoughts and prayers for his safe return.”
“Hopefully this will be a new beginning of healing for our family and Sammy can get the care that he needs going forward,” Baldwin said.
Kentucky State Police Post 14 in Ashland confirmed on Monday morning that Goodridge had been located and was safe, but did not comment on any other aspects of the search or the case.
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