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Vale teen missing since Sunday

Staff Writer
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to help deputies locate a teen boy who’s been missing from his western county residence for two days.
Family and friends of Michael Dakota Horton Jr., 16, of Cat Square Rd. in Vale, who’s since been entered as “missing” into the Federal Bureau of Information’s National Crime Information Center, told deputies they have not heard from the teen since 9:30 p.m. Sunday, despite attempts to call his cell phone.
Horton had been on his way to Triple B. Rodeo and was wearing an aqua-colored polo shirt, white and blue plaid shorts, a wide-brimmed white hat and Nike shoes, according to a Sheriff’s Office press release. He is described as being 5-foot-8, 240 pounds with black hair and blue eyes, the release said.
Deputies believe the teen is somewhere in Gaston, Lincoln or Catawba counties.
Anyone with information on Horton’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at (704) 732-9050 or another local law enforcement agency.

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