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Police: Missing college student ran away from search parties

Matt Lunney was found safe after missing a week. (Source: Willoughby Hills Police) Matt Lunney was found safe after missing a week. (Source: Willoughby Hills Police)
Willoughby Hills police held a press conference after Lunney was found safe to provide more details on what happened. (Source: WOIO) Willoughby Hills police held a press conference after Lunney was found safe to provide more details on what happened. (Source: WOIO)
WILLOUGHBY HILLS, OH (WOIO) -

Willoughby Hills Police said 19-year-old Matt Lunney was found safe on Friday afternoon, after being missing for a week. Officials held a press conference on Friday afternoon to share more details in the ongoing investigation. 

The police department got a 911 call just after 1:30 p.m. Friday from a man that said Lunney had been located in the woods behind the Willoughby Hills Community Center by Dixon Drive.

During the press conference, Chief Christopher Collins said multiple agencies assisted in the search, along with volunteers, but Lunney ran away on multiple occasions. He told police he thought he was in trouble, so he kept evading. Collins said earlier in the search, he was spotted nearby at the Manakiki Golf Course, and likely stayed within a 1-mile radius of his home. 

Officials believe he never received any assistance from anyone and was alone the whole time. 

Detectives said Lunney was exposed to the elements and found in distressed condition. He was treated and sent to Hillcrest Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 

Police said this is not a criminal investigation and there are no charges at this time. According to detectives, Lunney has no history of wandering off.

At the press conference, officials said Lunney is well-liked by his family, friends and co-workers. They said they still don't know all the facts and are trying to learn more about what happened. 

Lunney is a freshman at Lakeland Community College. Police said after getting off work at Panera in Highland Heights around 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 23, he went home, changed his clothes and left. Family members said he did not take his phone, keys, wallet, or car. They had offered a reward for information on his whereabouts on Thursday.

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