Suicidal St. Louis County Teen Flees Hospital

ST. LOUIS, COUNTY (KMOX) — Police have issued a Missing Endangered Person Advisory for an area teen who walked away from a local hospital following a suicide attempt.

16-year-old Vernon J. Echols left Christian Hospital just after 7 p.m. Thursday. He had been taken there after attempting to kill himself earlier in the evening.

Police say Echols fled north from the hospital on foot, and wasn’t wearing any clothes at the time.

He is 5’7″ and weights 133 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the St. Louis County Police Department at 314-615-5360.

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