UPDATE: The Washington County Sheriff's Office said Steven Zellmer was found safe in Pittsburgh. Police took him into protective custody and he will be returned to his parents for continued care, deputies said.
Original story below.
BEAVERTON, Ore. – Washington County sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help finding a 16-year-old Beaverton boy who they say ran away from home and may be in danger.
Steven Zellmer has been missing since April 5, according to his family. Detectives believe Steven has repeatedly been involved in “dangerous, self-destructive behavior” when he previously ran away from home.
The sheriff’s office sent out a news release on Friday asking for the public’s help.
Steven’s family says he is personable, but he has very poor judgment.
“He is a chronic runaway who is engaged in high-risk, dangerous behavior when he is on the run. He continues to be at risk of abuse by men in their 30's, 40's and 50's. He meets these men using social media sites,” his family said in a letter released by the sheriff’s office.
Steven is 5-foot-8 and 145 pounds. He has hazel brown eyes and light brown hair. He has braces on his teeth and noticeable acne on his face and torso, his family said.
His family believes Steven may be wearing his black/dark brown leather jacket with a gray hood, jeans, and gray leather high-top Nikes with purple and yellow trim.
“He usually wears a green baseball cap, or a green baseball cap with a gray front. He may have his longboard with him,” Steven’s family said.
Steven is known to hangs around the Aloha and Beaverton areas. He has also spent time in downtown Portland, near Chinatown. He sometimes spends time on or around MAX lines, his family said.
Detectives say Steven will be taken to a secure facility when he is found. Anyone with information about his location is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 503-629-0111.