American student Kenny DeLand Jr. was found with his mother in Lyon, France back to America, According to a French diplomatic official.
Deland Jr., who was reported missing two weeks ago in France, told relatives on Friday that he was safe in Spain, his family said.
Florence Hermite, the French legal attache to the United States, told CNN that the student traveled voluntarily to Spain after meeting people who suggested he go there. According to Hermit, French authorities worked closely with the FBI in Paris to find DeLand.
“We are glad he was released before Christmas,” he said, adding that the student was on a flight between France and the United States on Saturday night.
The family has not said exactly what he told them or where he has been for the past two weeks.
DeLand Jr., a senior at St. John Fisher University in Rochester, New York, attended the University of Grenoble Alpes, his family said.
His parents have said in recent days that they have not heard from him since November 27.
An investigation was launched after classmates reported her missing on 29 November.
Earlier Friday, his father, Ken DeLand Sr., was on the phone with CNN when he abruptly cut it off — then texted CNN to say he had spoken with his son.
“It seems surreal, the whole situation,” added the father. And now it is finally, the final chapter. »
DeLand Sr. didn’t give his son many details about what he’s been up to in the past few weeks, but said he was in Spain and asked his father to stop contacting news agencies.