UPDATED: Teen still missing

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Dylan Burns

UPDATE: City police said at around 2 p.m. on Tuesday they located Dylan Burns in an undisclosed location in the city.

GLOVERSVILLE — City police on Monday morning announced the investigation into a pair of missing person complaints involving two teenagers who were last seen in the city on March 30. Later Monday police announced that one of the teens had been located safely while the investigation into the whereabouts of the second juvenile continued.

As of today, police are still looking for Dylan Burns, 17. A second teen, Juan A. Miranda, 16, was located as of 2 p.m. Monday. Before Monday both teens had last been seen in the evening hours on March 30 leaving 171 S. Main St., a group home operated by Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth.

Lt. Brad Schaffer, public information officer for the Gloversville Police Department, on Monday confirmed the two teens were residents of the group home and were both reported missing by facility staff on March 30. However, the reports regarding Burns and Miranda were each made at separate times.

Following the initial report, Schaffer said city police worked with Berkshire Farm and the Fulton County Department of Social Services seeking to locate the teens.

As of Monday, the whereabouts of Burns and Miranda were still unknown, leading police to issue a release around 11 a.m. seeking help from the public in locating the juveniles. In the afternoon policed announced that Miranda had been safely located at an undisclosed location in the city while the search for Burns continues.

Burns is described as a white male, approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing approximately 150 lbs., with blonde hair and brown eyes. Burns was last seen wearing gray sweatpants, a black coat with a fur hood and black sneakers.

According to Schaffer, police believe Burns and Miranda left on their own.

“We have no reason to believe that it’s anything other than their leaving for their own purposes,” said Schaffer. “We don’t believe there is any foul play involved in their leaving.”

Although neither teen is from the city originally, Schaffer said both had formed ties in the local community and police received multiple tips following the initial release seeking to locate the juveniles suggesting that both Burns and Miranda were still in the city.

“We’ve gotten multiple leads that the detective division is actively working,” said Schaffer, thanking community members for their assistance with the investigation.

When contacted for comment regarding the missing teens, Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth said in a prepared statement, “The safety and well-being of youth in our care is our highest priority. We will continue to work in partnership with the county and local authorities.”

Anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of Burns is asked to contact the city police sergeants desk at (518) 773-4506.

By Kerry Minor

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