Missing Falmouth boy found



Updated September 7

The Falmouth Police Department announced in an online post that the teen announced missing has been found and is safe. 

On Wednesday, September 6, the Falmouth Police Department asked for the public’s assistance in locating a missing 16-year-old boy last seen on the Vineyard. 

Alex Heintz, the missing teenager from Falmouth, was last seen exiting a Steamship Authority ferry in Vineyard Haven on Tuesday morning.

Tisbury Police Lt. William Brigham told The Times Thursday that his department was alerted by  Falmouth Police on Tuesday morning about Alex having possibly taken the 5:30 am ferry to the Island on the same day. This was confirmed after footage from Five Corners showed the teen with his bicycle at 6:20 am. All of the Island police departments were notified, prompting an Island-wide search 

“Our officers also began a search that went throughout the day with no sightings of the teen,” Brigham said. 

Information about the missing teen was also shared online to notify the public. 

An anonymous caller contacted the Tisbury Police Department around 5 pm on Wednesday saying they believed they spotted Alex at Tisbury’s Main Street. Officers were sent over and located the teen at Mardell’s Gifts & Jewelry. The police confirmed his identity and that he was fine. 

“The teen was quickly reunited with his father, who had been on-Island looking for him since Tuesday,” Brigham said. 

According to the description provided by the police, Alex is 5’9”, 145 lbs, has blonde wavy hair and wears black-rim glasses. He was wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt, brown shorts, tan and white checkered Vans sneakers, and carrying a black backpack.

Updated with additional information from the Tisbury Police Department.