CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The frantic search for a missing teenage swimmer in Lake Erie has ended.
19 Action News has learned Jakim Sudduth - whom was feared missing in Lake Erie's Euclid Beach - was found safe and sound at his mother's friend's house just before 12:30 Wednesday afternoon.
The 13-year-old claims he tried to phone his father Tuesday night, but his dad's cell phone died. 19 Action News has learned the boy's parents are locked in a custody dispute and do not speak, which fueled the confusion on the teen's whereabouts.
I'm sorry, everybody," said Jakin. "I just didn't make the right decision at the right time.'
The boy was last seen swimming around 7:30PM Tuesday evening. Sudduth's friends called police just before 10PM when they were getting ready to leave the beach, and noticed he wasn't around.
The cost of the 15-hour search will run into the tens of thousands of dollars. The Coast Guard, State Park Rangers and Cleveland police all poured tremendous resources into the search effort.