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Southern Ill. search under way for missing boy

Christopher Harthorne
(National Center for Missing & Exploited Children)
Christopher Harthorne

By AP/St. Louis Public Radio


Authorities are resuming their southern Illinois search for a missing special-needs teenager.

Authorities suspended their efforts to find 15-year-old Christopher Harthorne on Sunday night.

The teenager was last seen about 6:30 p.m. Saturday riding a silver Mongoose BMX-style bicycle along Illinois Route 13.

Police say he has a history of running away, though the boy's parents say he's never been gone so long.

Authorities say the 5-foot-10, 115-pound boy with brown hair and hazel eyes needs daily medication for a bipolar disorder. He was last seen wearing a black shirt, blue jeans and white tennis shoes.

Anyone who sees the boy should call Marissa police.