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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police say a man described as missing and endangered returned home voluntarily Thursday.

Alex Leon Gates, 29, was reported missing by family members who told the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office they received a message from Gates' saying he was being held against his will. According toJSO, when Gates returned home voluntarily he stated he had not been held against his will nor was he ever in any danger.

Prior to his return home Thursday, Gates was last seen in the 1400 block of W. 20th Street Tuesday around 6:30 p.m. wearing a red striped shirt, black jeans and white shoes, according to JSO.

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