BY ALEXANDER WILLIS
This story has been updated pending continued police investigation. A follow-up will be posted shortly as this story develops.
Dylan Regenold, the 15 year-old Spring Hill teen that has been missing since December 14 after escaping from Volunteer Youth Academy in Gallatin, was found in Birmingham, Alabama Thursday morning by his mother Cassara, along with her husband and sister after more than a month of searching.
While certainly thrilled to have finally discovered her son, Cassara Regenold has not been allowed to see him, as he is currently being held by the Birmingham Police Department until Gallatin police arrive at the scene.
“We found him, and it was because of a lead from our Facebook page that we knew that he was here,” Cassara Regenold said. “We’ve been down here since Sunday tracking him down.”
A resident of Birmingham contacted Regenold on Facebook after recognizing her son in a Birmingham Waffle house. She then contacted the Waffle House staff, asking them if they were to see Dylan in the future, to call both herself and the local police. Dylan was reportedly at that same Waffle House Thursday morning, after which staff contacted both Cassara Regenold and the authorities.
Volunteer Youth Academy is a 24-bed residential treatment center for adolescent males between ages 12-17 who suffer with behavioral, emotional or mental health issues.
Gallatin Police staff would not comment on the why they would not allow Cassara Regenold to see her son, as the investigation is still ongoing.
This story is still developing.