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Missing teen found thanks to a Twitch streamer

(NewsNation) — A 17-year-old Michigan boy, missing for about three months, has been found safe in Miami thanks to a chance encounter with someone doing a live stream on Twitch.

Troy Coleman went missing in May from Mt. Morris Township, Michigan, which is about 80 miles northwest of Detroit. Troy did not have medications he takes for mental health problems that his brother, Trent, described as schizophrenic.

Then, on the streaming platform Twitch, a content producer who goes by the name of FaZe Lacy was streaming with a friend known as Clix last week in Miami. During that stream, Lacy focused on a shirtless boy in green trunks mingling with the crowd.

A few days later, Lacy found this note in his email: “Hello, my name is Trent Coleman and my missing little brother from Michigan was on Clix and Lacy’s stream in Miami. He is not on drugs, he is schizophrenic. He has been missing for three month and his case was put on homicide in Michigan.”

Lacy assumes the homicide comment to mean that police believed that Troy was the victim of a homicide. On his X page, Lacy said it looks like the story has a happy ending.

“Yesterday on stream he came up to me and Clix and now his family knows he is alive and in Miami. I wasn’t sure if I should make this public but I’m hoping somehow this helps him be found for his family,” Lacy wrote.

The Flint Township Police Department confirmed that the boy seen on the stream is Troy Coleman. On its Facebook page, the department wrote: “A heartfelt THANK YOU to everybody who shared the missing person information about Troy Coleman. He has been found safe in Miami, Florida and we are working with local authorities to arrange his safe return to Michigan to be with his family.”