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Missing Rikers Island correction officer found safe

Posted: 4:39 PM, Dec 09, 2016
Updated: 2016-12-09 17:54:17-05
Ken Smith, who was been working with the DOC since 1996, was found safe after he was reported missing Thursday.

Ken Smith, who was been working with the DOC since 1996, was found safe after he was reported missing Thursday.

NEW YORK — A correction officer who works at Rikers Island was found safe Friday a day after he was reported missing.

Officer Ken Smith was found and is back with his family, Department of Correction said.

“On behalf of the entire Correction community, I offer our heartfelt thanks to the individuals and agencies that helped locate our officer,” DOC Commissioner Joseph Ponte said in a statement.

Additional information on his return was not immediately available.

Smith’s wife reported him missing after she didn’t hear from him. He was last heard from at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, officials said.

Smith has worked with the department since 1996.