SUNDAY UPDATE: The Lakeland Police Department reports that a teen who went missing Friday night has returned home safely. Taureen “TJ” Starks, 13, had been last seen around 11:30 Friday night at his home on west 11th Street and was discovered missing around 2 a.m. Saturday.

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