LOUISVILLE, Ky. — After nearly two weeks, Quintez Brown has been found safe, according to a statement from his family and Louisville Metro Police.
Brown had been missing since Saturday, June 19, when he was last seen at Algonquin Pool. Community members gathered several times to search for him throughout the city and police issued an Operation Return Home for the 20-year-old.
Brown's family released a statement through Black Lives Matter Louisville, thanking the community for their support while their son was missing.
"Thank you to everyone who has spent time, energy and love over the past eleven days searching for our son," the statement says.
The family asked for privacy while they focus on tending to Brown's physical, mental and spiritual health.
In the statement, his family also criticized how the city handled Brown's disappearance.
"Through this experience, it has been evident that the institutions in Louisville are ill-equipped to support families and people in these situations," the statement says.
A well-known activist in the community, Brown is set to be a senior at the University of Louisville this fall. During his time as an intern with The Courier-Journal, Brown wrote in the newspaper's opinion column about race relations in Louisville.
"If you want to know anything about Quintez, just google his name," said his father, Jacobe Daugherty Sr. "He's all about change. He wants to help everybody, he's not about self. This is not like him. He's a great kid."