07/07/2014 11:17 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Caleb Denlinger, Missing Teen, Found Safe 60 Miles From Campground

Ohio Department of Natural Resources

ANDOVER, Ohio -- Authorities in Ashtabula County, Ohio say a 15-year-old boy who went missing over the weekend while camping with his family has been found safe in northwest Pennsylvania.

According to a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the teen, Caleb Denlinger, was found at about 10:30 a.m. Monday at a video store near Erie, Pennsylvania. The store is approximately 60 miles from the Ohio campground that Denlinger disappeared from Sunday morning.

"We have very little information," an ODNR spokesman told reporters Monday afternoon. "We do know that the video store employee recognized the subject [...] and made a call to local authorities."

The video store employee, the official said, recognized Denlinger from a missing person advisory that had been posted on Facebook. Denlinger was still in the store, looking for a video, when local police arrived.

The ODNR spokesman said that Denlinger had stayed overnight at a bus stop, but he did not elaborate on where the bus stop was located or why Denlinger had traveled to Pennsylvania.

"We're not at liberty to comment on that," he said. "We don't have enough information at this time."

Denlinger disappeared from Pymatuning State Park in Andover, Ohio, at about 6 a.m. Sunday. His parents reported him missing to police about four hours later.

Authorities said the teen and his family, who are from Hartville, Ohio, had not stayed at the campground before and the teen was unfamiliar with the area. The 3-acre campground sits on the banks of Pymatuning Lake, which is located on the Pennsylvania/Ohio border.

According to the ODNR, Denlinger was seen riding a red and white BMX bike shortly before he disappeared.

Dozens of officers with the Ohio State Parks, as well as firefighters and authorities throughout Ashtabula County, searched for Denlinger Sunday. The search continued into Monday until the teen was found safe.

"He's in good health," the ODNR spokesman said. "We're going to return him to [his] family as soon as possible."

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