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July 26, 2021

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19-year-old man found safe in Southern Nevada desert

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Diego Arteaga

Nye County Sheriff's Office deputies reunited 19-year-old Diego Arteaga with his parents about 10:45 p.m. Thursday at a McDonald's restaurant in Pahrump.

Diego's parents, Dr. Albert and Maria Arteaga, had filed a missing person's report after their son left a camp on foot Monday in Armagosa Valley about 60 miles north of Pahrump.

"We are so grateful for the many people who called in tips to us and to the wonderful people of Pahrump who listened to our story and helped us find our lost son," the father said.

Diego Arteaga has attention deficit disorder (ADD), Albert Arteaga said. His son had been staying at a camp in the Amargosa Desert for about a year, when he walked away Monday without food, water, identification or a cell phone.

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