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Child runs away from home due to COVID restrictions

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(AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Police in Oregon are reporting that a 13-year-old boy allegedly ran away from home because he was tired of the COVID-19 restrictions.

The incident was reported on Saturday at a home on Zena road in Salem.

Officials say the family noticed the teen was missing and searched the rural area around the home without success.

Once deputies arrived, they deployed a small drone to scan the property while others searched on foot for the missing teen.  After being unsuccessful in the inital search, another deputy was then called out to the scene to bring a larger drone with infrared capabilities.

The drone was eventually able to locate the teen sitting alone in a wooded area.

“The child told Deputies he ran away from home because he was upset about not being able to attend school, sports, and spend time with friends due to COVID,” PCSO said.

The child has since been reunited with his family.