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Braxton Wood and Jayden Thomas (Source: Family)
Braxton Wood (Source: Family)
Jayden Thomas (Source: Family)
Black Ford Explorer, License Plate BCQ 4820
MT. PLEASANT, MI (WNEM) -
The gut-wrenching feeling of not knowing is tormenting Sarah Kiley and Ed Wood. Their son, Braxton Wood, has been missing since Monday, and they haven't slept since.
"It's tough. It's kind of crazy. You just can't imagine not having your child in your house," said Ed Wood.
"Or imagining life without your child," said Sarah Kiley.
Early Monday morning, their 14-year old son took the family's 2005 black Ford Explorer from their Mt. Pleasant home. It's believed he drove north to pick up his 13-year-old girlfriend, Jayden Thomas, who lives in Clare. Now, the two are on the run.
"Whatever the reason is that they left, we don't care anymore. Whatever it is, we can work through it. We just want them to come home," said Ed Wood.
Family and police have talked to friends. It's believed the two could be on their way to Florida, but police say that'll be tough because as they've investigated they believe the two might have a combined $82 in a vehicle that had less than a half a tank of gas Monday morning.
So why hasn't an Amber Alert hasn't been issued for these two teens? The way it works, an Amber Alert can only be issued if police believe the children are in imminent danger.
"We've been blowing everything up we can, trying to get their names out there so somebody can identify them, so we can get a hit to where they're potentially at," said Sgt. Tim Swanson with the Isabella County Sheriff's Office.
Right now, law enforcement is clueless about where the teens could be. The situation isn't made any easier because the teens have turned their cell phones off.
"It's time for them to just come home and get it over with. Face the music, get on with their life, go back to school next week, carry on with their life. Let their parents stop worrying about them," said Swanson.
That is all their parents want. They want this nightmare to be over.
"You have no idea how much people love you, miss you and just want to know that you're safe," said Kiley.
The Ford Explorer the teens are in has county and state park passes in the front windshield. Police reminded the public to keep an eye out over Labor Day weekend. The license plate on the Explorer is BCQ 4820.
If you have any information about the teens' whereabouts, call the Isabella County Sheriff's Office at (989) 772-5911.
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