CRIME
12/07/2012 12:04 pm ET | Updated Dec 10, 2012

John Armitage, Missing Teen, Posts 'Bye Forever' On Facebook Before Disappearance (UPDATED)

For the second time in a week, a teenager has disappeared after posting a cryptic status update to Facebook.

UPDATE: According to the Reno Police Department, John Armitage was found safe by family members. Armitage was voluntarily missing, police said. No further information has been released.

Original Story:

The message "Uhhhhhhhhhhhh Bye foreverr" [sic] was posted on Thursday afternoon to a Facebook page attributed to 16-year-old John Armitage, of Nevada. It remains unclear if Armitage himself wrote the message.

A Reno Police Department spokesperson told The Huffington Post that Armitage, a resident of Sparks, was last seen at about 7 a.m. Thursday, getting on the bus to go to school. The youth never showed up at school though the Facebook activity occurred hours later. His current whereabouts remain a mystery.

According to police, Armitage is classified as a missing and endangered teen.

Police in Pennsylvania dealt with a similar case on Monday, when a 16-year-old girl in Pittsburgh disappeared after "R.I.P." appeared as a status update on her Facebook account. In that case, the teen was safely located later that day.

Investigators in Reno are hoping for the same outcome for Armitage.

John Armitage is described as a white male, 6 feet tall, 115 pounds with red hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a light brown hooded sweatshirt and dark skinny jeans and a gray backpack.

Anyone with information on Armitage's whereabouts is asked to call Reno police at 775-334-2121.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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