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Missing NH Student Found Safe in Conn., Family Asks for Privacy

A 17-year-old New Hampshire prep school student who was missing for nearly 24 hours has been found in Connecticut.

Authorities said Phillips Exeter Academy student Jed Breen was found safe and healthy in Hartford on Wednesday and has since been reunited.

"I would definitely like to report some happy news. Jed has been returned to his family," Exeter Police Chief William Schupe said Wednesday afternoon.

Schupe said IT professionals proved to be crucial in helping police find Breen by tracking down the IP addresses the teen was using to send his family emails.

Connecticut's State Capitol Police Department said Breen was found in the State Capitol building.

"Through that we were able to get some out-of-state authorities to locate Jed, and again, reunite him with his family," Schupe said.

Foul play was not a factor in Breen's disappearance, police said.

Breen was last seen leaving a hospital Tuesday evening after being treated for dehydration. He was taken to Exeter Hospital when he was discovered passed out on a neighbors' lawn following a run, according to the teen's uncle.

Schupe had said Breen was seen leaving the hospital in the direction of an outdoor walking path called the PEA trail near the Phillips Exeter football stadium.

Breen's uncle said the teen lives on campus with his family, as his mother is an English teacher at the prep school.

"We are so relieved and grateful that Jed has been located," his family said in a statement. "Jed is now safe with family members. Going forward we want to provide him all the support he needs. We're asking others to give him privacy as we all regroup after a difficult 24 hours."

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