MIAMI (WSVN) - An Orlando man who went missing during his birthday celebration over the weekend in Miami has been located and is in the hospital.
According to police, 28-year-old Jeremiah Chavez was located Tuesday morning in Miami Shores. He is safe and remains in the hospital with his family by his side.
“Thank the Lord Jerry was found today,” said Angel Vega, Chavez’s future brother-in-law.
Surveillance images were released Tuesday of Chavez at the Braman auto dealership along Biscayne Boulevard on Sunday afternoon.
Miami Shores Police said they received a call of a disturbance near 9401 Biscayne Blvd. When officers arrived, Chavez was found hiding behind a wall.
He was then taken into custody and is now receiving medical attention at North Shore Medical Center.
Chavez’s mother Mary Chavez spoke to 7News over the phone and described her feelings upon hearing the news that her son was found.
“Just to know that he’s alive, that makes me happy,” Mary said. “I am very, very happy.”
Chavez went missing after a night at Club Space in Downtown Miami over the weekend. Chavez posted videos on Snapchat as he entered Club Space with three friends on Saturday. He was supposed to return home to Orlando on Sunday, but his parents said he didn’t show up.
His family rushed to Miami in an effort to find Chavez. “The last phone call that he made, he stated that somebody was chasing him to kill him,” Mary said Monday.
Chavez’s friends returned to Orlando, leaving him in South Florida.
What exactly happened has not yet been confirmed by police.
When asked if Chavez was under the influence, Vega said, “Or something, or something. We don’t know if it was drugs or something that was going on with him, but I know he was a healthy person before he got down here.”
“I am very grateful. I am very happy for my son’s life,” Mary said.
Chavez’s family said he is in a compromised state, but is in stable condition.
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