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Police locate missing 18-year-old; search prompted Edgewater schools into lockdown

Police said they have located an 18-year-old who went missing Thursday afternoon, prompting two Edgewater high schools to go into lockdown.

Police said they have located an 18-year-old who went missing Thursday afternoon, a search that prompted two Edgewater schools to go into lockdown.

Officers located the silver Acura he was driving on Solomons Island Road near Lee Airport, said county police spokesman Lt. Ryan Frashure. Due to statements he made on social media, police felt he was a danger to himself and he was taken to a local hospital, Frashure said.

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The lockdown at South River High and CAT South was lifted around 2:45 p.m. and students were dismissed with some delays, police said.

After-school activities and evening high school at South River were canceled.

South River High Principal William Myers said the lockdown lasted about 45 minutes and delayed dismissal at all schools in the complex including Central Middle, Central Elementary, and CAT-South.

A lockdown, which requires silence and lights out, was put in place first, then a lockout was implemented in which no one was permitted to enter or leave the premises, Myers said.

"Police did an excellent job in their response. The plan worked as it's designed," Myers said.

Zachary St. Claire, a 16-year-old junior at South River, said students were surprised to hear the voice on the intercom say "this is not a drill."

Still, he thought maybe it wasn't a real lockdown. "We still don't know what happened," he said.

Eric Thomas LeBow, a 17-year-old junior at CAT-South, said when rumors circulated Thursday afternoon, students were worried.

"It was kind of stressful for a lot of us," said LeBow, who was locked down in a classroom at CAT-South. "We didn't know what was going to go down. A lot of us were throwing around theories."

Although the school system initially said a threat was made to the school, county police spokesman Lt. Ryan Frashure said there was "no direct threat made."

Police said they were searching for a missing 18-year-old man, believed to be heading toward the area around the school.

Frashure said police were searching for him because "he could be a danger to himself." He is not a student in Anne Arundel County but lives in Edgewater, police said.

Police released photos of a late-model silver Acura TL he was thought to be driving, and soon after, they found him.

Staff writer Christina Jedra contributed to this story.

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