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Missing Richburg teen returns home safely

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Denyse Clark/Landmark News Services

RICHBURG – A 17-year -old reported as missing earlier this month has returned home safely.

Thomas “Blake” Boan was reported missing on Oct. 14 by his work supervisor from a motel in Richburg. After several days of no word from him, Boan’s family and local law enforcement officials requested the community’s help to find him. 

Chester County Sheriff Richard Smith expressed relief at Boan’s safe return, saying the teen had been out of state.

“Our prayers were answered,” Smith said. “He came home.”

Last week, the teen’s stepfather, James Woody, made an ardent plea via the media for Boan to return to his family.

“Me and his mom just want him to come home,” Woody said in an interview with The (Chester) News & Reporter.

According to his supervisor, Boan had been living and working at a Richburg motel for a few weeks. 

However, when he didn’t show up for work Oct. 14, she checked his room and noticed “everything was gone from the room except a pair of jeans,” she told authorities.

The supervisor said she made the missing-person report out of concern for Boan. Smith said many prayers were extended for the teen’s safe return.

 “We’re glad he’s home safe and sound,” Smith said. “We wish him the best.”