Update: Missing 12-year-old boy found safe

UPDATE: Officials say Ballard was found safe on Friday.

Original story:

WALTERS, Okla. – Authorities in Walters are searching for a missing 12-year-old boy.

The Walters Police Department is searching for 12-year-old Kenneth Ballard.

Officers say Ballard was last seen leaving his home in the 100 block of S. 1st St. in Walters around 7 p.m. on Thursday night.

Investigators say he left a note that said he was leaving and not coming back. He may be riding a midnight blue mountain bike and wearing a white and blue backpack.

If you have any information on his whereabouts, call the Walters Police Department at (580) 875-3343.