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Missing Beaverton teen found safe by three Good Samaritans

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Courtesy: Beaverton Police Department Courtesy: Beaverton Police Department
BEAVERTON, OR (KPTV) -

A missing Beaverton teen has been located safe thanks to three young Good Samaritans.

According to police, 15-year-old Elvin Mendez was found at a residence on the 6200 block of Southwest Hall after going missing for almost 24 hours.

Relatives say that the boy was a little bit weak and seems to be hungry and tired but it's a huge sigh of relief for Elvin's family.

Elvin's grandmother Irma Soto de Mendez said hadn't slept or eaten since Elvin went missing. She said she was praying non-stop that he would be found safe.

Those prayers were answered by Marilyn Ramirez-Carmona and two others.

Ramirez-Carmona said they saw reports of the missing teen on FOX 12 and then recognized the boy when they were on a walk Wednesday afternoon outside the Fairwood Apartments.

"He was just walking and then he was looking back at us, and we started peddling fast and we had to go tell someone," said Ramirez-Carmona.

The three were able to flag down members of Washington County Search and Rescue, and Beaverton police were able to confirm the identity of the boy.

Elvin set out last night with $5 in hand to get tacos from a nearby taco truck and never came home. His family began searching the neighborhood until they called police shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday.

All day searchers marched up and down city streets looking for Elvin. There was concern because Elvin is developmentally delayed and acts more like a 7-year-old. His grandmother was especially worried because he doesn't speak English.

Now, the three that found Elvin are being hailed as heroes for turning what could have ended in tragedy into something much better.

"Happy that he was in good condition and alive," said Ramirez-Carmona.

The Beaverton Police Department said they plan to speak with Elvin Thursday morning. They are still not sure what happened to him but said there is no danger to the public.

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