UPDATE: Grant County teen found safe

MARLIN, Wash. - UPDATE: According to the Grant County Sheriff's Office, James Friend has been found and is safe. 

Previous Story: Grant County deputies are asking the public for help finding 15-year-old James Friend, who's been missing since December 2. 

Friend was last seen in his hometown of Marlin in Grant County. He has not spoken with friends or family since then, nor has he been active on social media. Friend's lack of communication with friends and family is out of character. It is unknown what he was wearing when he left. There are no other risk factors that would explain why he has not been in touch with anyone.

Friend is 5-foot-9 inches tall, 140 pounds, with brown hair, blue eyes, and a goatee.

Anyone with information about James Friend is asked to call the Grant County Sheriff's Office at 509-752-1160, or send information to Tips can remain anonymous.