Missing 16-year-old found after helicopter, K-9 brought in to search in Clemmons

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CLEMMONS, N.C. — A helicopter. A drone. A K-9.

That's what it took to find a missing 16-year-old boy who has a cognitive impairment.

Kendrick Adam Penner had last been seen in the area of 6714 Amberley Lane in Clemmons at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday evening.

A deputy in a search party found Penner in the Greenbrook Drive area of Clemmons. He was less than a mile away from home.

"We located him under a tree," said Captain Pete Shutt with Forsyth County Sheriff's Field Services.

The teenager was described as being in good health after the desperate 18-hour search had ended.

FOX8 saw the teenager reunite with his family as they rushed to an ambulance to see him safe and sound.

According to the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office, deputies continued their search Monday by strategically searching near Industrial Drive and using a K-9 to track the teenager.

Officials also used a drone and a Highway Patrol helicopter.

Sunday night, officials used bloodhounds to try to find the teenager.

Captain Shutt says they couldn't take any chances, especially in the heat.

"We want to make sure those folks, with any type of physical impairment or cognitive impairment, that they take first priority because they can't fend for themselves sometimes," Captain Shutt said.

It was a combined community effort, with neighbors, friends and family coming together to help make sure this would be a happy ending.

"This is great. This is the community coming together for the benefit of one entity inside of the community," Captain Shutt said. "But that's what we do for each other in Forsyth County."

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