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Wide receiver Thomas Johnson of the Texas A&M Aggies runs after a catch during the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 10, 2012 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (credit: Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

COLLEGE STATION (CBSDFW.COM/AP) - Texas A&M wide receiver Thomas Johnson has been found safe in Dallas.

According to the school, Texas A&M University Police investigators traveled to Dallas on Wednesday in an attempt to locate the missing student. With the help of the Dallas Police Department and the Texas Rangers, Johnson was located in the Dallas area at approximately 2:30 a.m. on Thursday.

Police have not said precisely where Johnson was found or how they located him.

The 18-year-old college freshman had been reported missing. Police said that he was last seen leaving his College Station residence at about 5:00 p.m. on Monday.

Johnson previously attended Skyline High School in Dallas, and police had once speculated that he traveled back to the DFW area. His mother, Linda Hanks, currently lives in south Dallas, and many of his friends still live in North Texas.

She had traveled from Dallas to College Station to assist authorities in their search.

Aggies football coach Kevin Sumlin released a statement after learning that Johnson had been safely located. “We are pleased and relieved to find T.J. Our foremost concern is for the health and well-being of T.J. I would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers and efforts in locating him.”

Johnson has appeared in 10 games this season, and has 30 catches for 339 yards and a touchdown.

(©2012 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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