PASCAGOULA, MS — Missing Louisiana teen, Noah Daigle, has been found.
Daigle, who has autism, went missing last month from Ponchatoula, Louisiana. The 19-year-old went missing on September 18. The Ponchatoula Police Department says he was last seen leaving his home in a white 2001 Cadillac Eldorado. The vehicle was located Sunday night just a mile shy of the Alabama State Line in Mississippi. Police say the car had run out of gas.
Daigle was found by the woods next to the Walmart in Pascagoula, Mississippi.
Geaux Rescue has been helping search for Daigle since he went missing.
“I still have goosebumps,” said George Ruiz, with Geaux Rescue.
Ruiz and others with Geaux Rescue have searched 24/7 for Daigle since his car was found four days after he went missing.
“It’s a needle in the haystack, it just takes that one person to glance over and see him,” said Ruiz.
When Daigle went missing, his family didn’t think he had gone far.
Geaux Rescue and Ponchatoula police searched all around the state line, not finding a sign of Daigle. It wasn’t until Sunday afternoon when Geaux Rescue got a message to their Facebook page that Daigle had been spotted.
“We reached out and asked him for a picture and once that picture came through, I don’t think I’ve screamed that long in a very long time,” said Ruiz.
Pascagoula police and EMS went to the Walmart in Pascagoula, where he’d been spotted. According to the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, Daigle was extremely exhausted, confused and dehydrated. He was taken to the police station to wait for his grandfather.
“Almost unbelievable that he was able to survive this long out there on his own,” said Ruiz.
45 minutes later, Daigle was reunited with his grandfather and his uncle.
“They were ecstatic. The first thing Noah asked for was Popeye’s chicken. So the first thing the police department did was get him a big bucket of Popeye’s,” said Ruiz.
According to the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, Daigle had apparently been temporarily living in the “homeless camp” located in the wooded area near Walmart since his vehicle was discovered abandoned on Sunday, September 22, 2019, at the Alabama/Mississippi line.
Ruiz says he’s happy Daigle has been reunited with his family, and that Daigle is okay.
“It’s been a roller-coaster ride, we’ve had our peaks and valleys. The family’s been at my side, we’ve been at their side since day one,” said Ruiz.
Daigle was taken to the hospital in Louisiana for evaluation. Geaux Rescue says they will help him transition back into his home, and will make sure he has a cell phone from now on.