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Missing teenager safe after being found 190 kilometres from port

We learn more about 14-year-old American boy Aydin Brown, who went missing after leaving a Princess Cruises ship in a German port.

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As we reported yesterday, local police found him safe and sound on Saturday, July 6. That evening, he was reunited with his mother and grandmother.

Brown went missing on Thursday, July 4. He was last seen leaving the Caribbean Princess while it was docked in Rostock-Warnemünde, a city about 150 miles north of Berlin, Germany. Police say Brown and his grandmother got into an argument, prompting the teenager to leave the ship.

After discovering his absence, Brown’s family reportedly feared Brown had been “lured” off the dock.

Brown was missing for three days. He was finally found safe and sound last Saturday in Brandenburg at around 10pm. His location, 190 kilometres from the port, was determined using CCTV footage and mobile phone signals. Police also distributed copies of Aydin’s photo.

“Intensive investigations and the analysis of technical data enabled the Rostock criminal police to track down the young man, who was staying near Potsdam,” Rostock police told NBC News.
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Local authorities said he was in the company of a 19-year-old woman and agreed to meet him when he was located. They added: “There is no evidence of criminal wrongdoing.”

Brown’s cousin, Amy Kopischke, helped spread the word on social media and asked the online community for help. Upon learning he had been found, she wrote, “Thank you to everyone praying for his safe return to our family! He has been found safe! And he will be returned to his family tonight!”

Princess Cruises thanked local authorities. “We express our sincere gratitude to the German authorities for their rapid response and exceptional efforts to locate Aydin after he disembarked in Warnemunde last Thursday morning,” the statement read.

In April, an elderly passenger with dementia also went missing and remains missing.