LENOIR CITY, Tenn. (WATE) — The Lenoir City Police Department says a teen who was missing was found safe.

The teen left his home early Saturday morning, according to LCPD. He was last known to be in the area of the Kings Inn on US Highway 321 in Lenoir City.

Around 7:30 Saturday night, the sheriff’s office said he was found safe.

Police say the 16-year-old is autistic and that it is believed he may try to hitchhike out of the area.

Lowery is 5’10”, 126 pounds with red hair and blue eyes. According to police, he may be wearing gray shoes, a reddish jacket, and may be carrying 2 white grocery bags and a black backpack with an orange LC on it and the Panthers logo.

Anyone who sees Lowery is asked to call 911 or the Loudon County E911 Center at 865-458-9081.

Authorities say nearly 400 people go missing in Tennessee each year. That’s five people for every 100,000. Check this list of people missing from East Tennessee to see if you can help locate someone.