Baughman found by troopers from Taylor MSP Post


DRYDEN TWP. — The missing 17-year-old teen from the Dryden area has been found safe and sound.

Dryden Twp. police put out a press release Thursday, stating Nathan Baughman had been located in the Metro-Detroit area, near the Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus.

Dryden Twp. teen Nathan Baughman has been found safe and sound.

Chief Shawn Peters said multiple agencies were involved with the search, after being notified from family members that Baughman was missing for a second time in less than a year.

In an earlier press release from the Dryden Twp. Police Department, Chief Peters reported, “On January 2, around 11:30 a.m. the Dryden Township Police Department responded to Joy Rd. in Dryden Township for a report of a voluntary runaway.”

Baughman’s mother, Jennifer, said he had left a note indicating he was running away from home. When his parents could not locate him, they called police for assistance.

“The initial investigation revealed that Nathan had left the home sometime during the early morning hours and quite likely was not in the immediate area. None the less an area search was conducted by the Dryden Township Police Department. When he was not located, he was immediately put into the Michigan Law Enforcement Information Network as missing,” Chief Peters said in the press release.

On January 11, shortly after 8 a.m. Troopers from the MSP Metro South Post in Taylor Michigan contacted the Dryden Township Police Department and advised they had safely located Baughman.

According to reports, he had apparently made it to the MSP Post in Taylor (east of Detroit Metro Airport), and was waiting for troopers when the post opened for business Thursday morning.

No one is saying how he made it to Taylor. He had previously ridden a bike to northern Ohio, in April of last year, before being found.

Nathan is currently in good health and being reunited with family, according to Chief Peters.

Baughman had previously been reported in April of 2023 as a voluntary missing runaway to the Dryden Township Police Department.

He was located five days after being reported by the Dryden Township Police Department, with assistance from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department was able to follow up and check an area near the Ohio border locating Nathan at that time. He was then safely returned to family.

With the latest disappearance, Baughman left in an unknown direction of travel from his residence. Police say Nathan may have been headed south in the direction he went the last time he left home.

He took a few basic things with him including a backpack, blanket, and some cash, but did not have a cell phone with him.

From this point a vast investigation was launched in attempts to safely locate Baughman.

Multiple agencies at local, state and the federal level were utilized. Police also say they entered Baughman into the LEIN as missing on 1-2-24.

He was then entered into various other databases including Missing in Michigan, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and NamUS (United Stated Department of Justice), and the Missing Children’s Clearinghouse through the Intelligence Operations Division of the Michigan State Police.

Chief Peters said as the days passed and Baughman was not located, the Dryden Township Police and other assisting agencies pushed hard to get information out across the state and into other border states.

Assisting the Dryden Township Police Department in this investigation was the Michigan State Police, Lapeer County Central Dispatch, Lapeer County Search and Rescue, and many other agencies across the state of Michigan.

The Dryden Township Police Department would like to extend a heart felt “Thank You” to any and all persons and entities who assisted in the safe return of Nathan to his family.