Update: The teen has been identified

Press release from Gwinnett County Police Department

Update: The teen has been identified as James Teate, Jr. 15. His mother was unaware he was missing, according to Gwinnett County Police Dept.

 (Norcross, Georgia)  The Gwinnett County Police Department needs the public’s help in identifying a juvenile found early this morning around 5am.  Officers assigned to the West Precinct were dispatched to a report of a person in the roadway on Beaver Ruin Road near Interstate 85.  The officers found the juvenile running in the southbound lanes of I-85 near the Indian Trail Lilburn Road exit.

It was immediately clear that the juvenile male had a diminished mental capacity.  The boy was given a piece of paper, and he wrote the letters, “JT.”  After doing a CAD search, there were no active missing person reports that matched this found person.

A notification was sent to the surrounding agencies, but he has not yet been identified.  The child was taken to a local hospital to get check out and then released to the Department of Family and Children Services until his family can be found.


  • White male, 13-17 years old, 5 feet 6 inches, 135-140 lbs, brown hair, hazel eyes, green shirt (“Speed Freak” and a motorcycle on shirt), blue jeans, and flip flops

If anyone knows who this young man is, please call the Gwinnett County Police Department at 770 513-5700.  Case Number:  17-066316

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