Search continues for missing teen

By Dana Delgado

Christopher Seth Briggs has been missing from Meridell Achievement Center since Nov. 19.

Christopher Seth Briggs has been missing from Meridell Achievement Center since Nov. 19.

Texas Search and Rescue (TEXSAR) along with the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office has conducted a second search for 16-year Christopher Seth Briggs who ran away Nov. 17, 2013, from Meridell Achievement Center, a residential treatment center in Liberty Hill.

“We performed a follow up search of some areas on Saturday, Jan. 11th, with the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office,” said Greg Pyles, TEXAR’s Chief Executive Officer. “There were no helpful findings from that search. Without additional information, there are no other searches planned at this time.”

The followup search was prompted by data collected in an extensive all-day ground search Dec. 21, 2013, which involved 42 trained search and rescue technicians as well as Human Remains and Certified K-9s  and covered three square miles. According to Liberty Hill Police Chief Randy Williams, the December search directed from the command center at the Liberty Hill Fire Station was the first ever conducted by TEXSAR in Liberty Hill.

Briggs is a 16-year-old white male from Guthrie, Texas, stands 6’1” and weighs 140-160 pounds with blonde hair and hazel eyes. He is in need of medical attention and was last seen wearing a black hoodie.

Judy Jackson, the missing teen’s maternal grandmother, reports that Briggs had been in treatment for about a year for bipolar disorder and was recently diagnosed with autism. Mrs. Jackson says her grandson had been at Meridell for only four days before he went missing Nov 17.

Mrs. Jackson added that her grandson had no history of running away or violence, but had become more anxious over “being different” and not “fitting in” and had always been a “loner.”

Jackson says the family continues their own search in the Liberty Hill area and continues posting fliers in the region.  Briggs’ friends have told the family they are not aware of his whereabouts and have not had any communication with him since he went missing.

Chief Williams said the case remains an active investigation. Anyone having information should contact the Liberty Hill Police Department at (512) 515-5409. The teen is listed on the database of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.