Texas teen missing for more than 8 years is found alive

Texas teen missing for more than 8 years is found alive

He went missing as a Texas teenager more than eight years ago and turned up alive Saturday as a 25-year-old man.

The Texas Center for the Missing said Saturday that Rudy Farias, of Houston, the subject of nationwide concern, has been "located safe" and is recovering in a hospital for reasons not mentioned.

Rudy Farias. (Texas Center for the Missing)
Rudy Farias. (Texas Center for the Missing)

Farias was found at a church about 8 miles from where he lived in Houston, said Tim Miller, an investigator with Texas EquuSearch who helped search for Farias.

"It's a miracle that he was found but now the question is, you know, what’s happened?" Miller said. "Where has he been? Why? And what’s he been doing over these last eight years?"

He was last seen walking his two dogs on March 6, 2015, near his home, according to authorities. One dog, then the other returned home without their leashes, and Farias, then 18, disappeared, authorities said.

Family members said he suffered from depression, particularly after he lost an older brother to a motorcycle accident years before.

"He watched his best friend die right in front of him," Brenda Paradise, a private investigator hired by the Farias family, said in April 2015. "His brother was his best friend in the world. He’s just gone through so much more than anyone his age ever should."

Houston police didn't suspect foul play, but friends and family were concerned nonetheless, particularly as time wore on.

"This family has been through so much," Paradise said in 2015. "Whatever happened, a mom needs answers about her son.”

It's not clear where he's been or why he left.

This article was originally published on NBCNews.com