HAZARD — A Leslie County High School student was reported missing this week after visiting with family in Hazard over the weekend.
Austin Deaton, 17, was last seen Sunday, Nov. 11 in the Backwoods area of Hazard, according to his aunt, Sarah Collins, also of Leslie County. Collins has custody of Deaton, and said her nephew was visiting his mother near Memorial Gym in Hazard when he told a family member that he was going to walk to his father’s house in Walkertown. No one has seen him since then.
Collins said so far she has had few answers about her nephew’s whereabouts. The Hazard Police Department is working the case and, according to Collins, talked to several people in the area, none of whom recall seeing him.
He was last seen wearing a pair of green cargo shorts and a maroon Leslie County T-shirt with the sleeves cut off. He is 5 feet 6 inches tall with blond hair, blue eyes, and weighs around 150 pounds.
Collins has reached out to many of Deaton’s friends via Facebook, and none reported hearing from him or knowing where he might have been.
“They were all kind of shocked,” said Collins. “They didn’t think he would run away. He never gave them any indication of anything like that.”
Deaton will turn 18 in two weeks, and Collins said this is another reason why she has a hard time believing he would have run away since it is so close to his birthday when he would be considered an adult.
If you have any information about where Deaton may be or have seen him, you are urged to call the Hazard Police Department at (606) 436-2222.