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LINCOLNTON, N.C. -- The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday afternoon that the missing 15-year-old boy has been located.

Justin Scott Rathbone was located Tuesday. Officials did not comment on his welfare, or where he was found.

Justin was reported missing by his family last Wednesday. His mother reports seeing him around 4 p.m. last Tuesday at their home in western Lincoln County.

Justin is described as five-foot-six, 130 pounds with brown hair. Authorities say Justin has a large scar on his head from ear to ear, and suffers some brain damage due to an accident.

Authorities also noted that Justin's hair is shorter now than in the picture provided.

Officials say Justin's case was submitted to the National Crime Information Center as a missing-runaway.

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