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ALERT: Ocean County Authorities Search for Missing Barnegat Teenager who Ran into the Woods

Barnegat Township

UPDATE: Found Safe in the woods.

There is an active and ongoing search for a child who has been reported missing in the Ocean County town of Barnegat today.

In a statement released by police, at the request of the family, Barnegat Police are seeking the public's assistance in our search for a missing endangered 14-year-old male.

According to the statement, Michael Briganti of Tedesko Way in Barnegat was last seen at 5 pm, Thursday when he ran away from his home into the woods.

Police say Michael is a white male, 5'6" tall weighs127 pounds and has blond hair and blue eyes.

Police say he was last seen wearing a white Brackman School sports jersey with the #25, white soccer shorts, white socks, and black Nike sneakers.

Barnegat Police are engaged in a continuous search for the juvenile along with our partners from the Ocean County Sheriff's Department. Police have and will be using numerous assets in the area including both manned and unmanned aircraft.

Anyone with information on the missing juvenile is asked to contact the Barnegat Police at 609-698-5000.