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Amber Alert teen boy has been found safe in Phoenix

Kaleb Gardner Smith.

PHOENIX – A 16-year-old Arizona boy who was the subject of an Amber Alert has been found safe in Phoenix, authorities said.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety canceled the alert early Wednesday.

Smith had last been seen Tuesday when he left his family in Navajo County to go for a run.

Authorities said Smith contacted his family shortly after he left the house but had not returned home or gone to work.

Holbrook Police Chief Nathan Christensen said in an email to KTAR News 92.3 FM Smith told Phoenix police he had argued with his parents and run away from home.

He saw the alert and went to a fire station.

Smith was believed to have been traveling with an older white male, who was driving a black 2019 Dodger Charger, bearing Tennessee license plate 7P71B1.

No other information about the man has been released but police were still investigating

Holbrook is about 190 miles northeast of the Valley.

Christensen said Smith’s parents first reported his disappearance early in the morning.

More than two hours later, Christensen says Smith sent his mother a text that read he had injured his ankle but would be returning home in 20 minutes.

Surveillance video from Smith’s school showed him getting into a car around 7 a.m.

Christensen said police last obtained information from Smith’s cellphone at 5 p.m.

“It showed him here still in Holbrook,” Christensen said.

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Julie Levin contributed to this report. 

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