Sixteen-year-old Lancaster High School student Andrew Moreno, who was reported missing Sunday in the forested mountains of southern Puerto Rico, has been found safe with only a few scratches and bruises, his brother reported Monday.
Andrew had flown to Puerto Rico with his father, the Rev. Robert Moreno, and other relatives to celebrate the 90th birthday Saturday of his grandmother, Lydia Moreno, in San Juan and then went to a vacation home in Adjuntas, in Southern Puerto Rico, for several days before their scheduled return home Thursday.
About 3 p.m. Sunday, Andrew got lost scaling mountains in the forest area around Adjuntas. A missing person report was issued for him, prompting the successful search-and-rescue mission, according to his oldest brother, Robert S. Moreno.
Robert Moreno, 25, who did not go on the family vacation, said he was “overjoyed” to be contacted about 12:30 p.m. Monday to learn his brother had been rescued. After an examination by medical personnel, Andrew was given a relatively clean bill of health, Robert Moreno said.
“He was pale but he had been drinking good water in the mountain streams, and aside from cuts and scratches from climbing on the mountainside was in good shape,” Robert Moreno said Monday night.
Their father, also named Robert, is pastor of Lancaster’s St. Basil’s Ukrainian Catholic Church.
Among those who traveled to Puerto Rico with Andrew were his father and mother, Evelyn, three sisters and two brothers.