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Several area searches conducted over the weekend ended with the missing persons located quickly and with no reported injuries.

The search for a missing teenager ended after he was located safe at about 10:45 p.m. Friday near Cedar Lake in Bonne Terre.

According to the St. Francois County Sheriff's Office, the 16-year-old boy had left his grandmother's house to go fishing around 5:30 p.m. His family became concerned when he didn't return home as expected.

The teenager had apparently gone fishing at a different location than usual. Law enforcement was contacted by a woman at the lake who said she saw a youngster matching the description of the missing teen at a Cedar Lake convenience store.

He was subsequently returned home by sheriff's deputies to his family.

On Sunday evening there were two reports of individuals who found themselves missing in St. Francois State Park and requested help from law enforcement and rangers.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the search for a man who reported at 7 p.m. that he couldn't find his way back to his vehicle ended before it even began. As law enforcement and park rangers appeared on the scene, the man came walking out of the woods unharmed.

About that same time, four people on horseback reported they had gotten off trail in the park and couldn't find their way back. MSHP said the riders stayed put and rescuers were able to locate them swiftly and lead them back to safety.

Assisting MSHP in the search were St. Francois State Park rangers, county deputies and Big River Fire Department.

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