Parents desperate to find missing 12-year-old boy
Slideshow 12-year old Chad Stilson with his mother, Vicki McGarry. Reported by: Brent Hunsaker
Print Story Published: 1/26 9:38 pm ShareThisUpdated: 1:13 amSPRINGVILLE, Utah (ABC 4 News) -
A mother and father are worried about their missing son. At this point, Springville police have no reason to suspect foul play, but his parents fear five days is just too long for their boy to be on his own.
Chad Stilson is just 12-years old. He's a 7th grader at Mapleton Junior High.
Last Saturday, Chad defied his mother who had grounded him by sneaking out of the house to visit a friend.
He was in trouble, but his Mom, Vicki McGarry said that was no reason to run away. "We had a great night Friday night," she explained. "He went to bed laughing. I got up and checked on him, he was sleeping. The next time I went down, he was gone. He was in the middle of a game on his laptop. It was still open. He was just gone."
The family confirmed that Chad had gone to a friend's house on Saturday, but beyond that McGarry said, "I know nothing beyond that."
There was an attempt by Chad to make a call on his cell phone. That call was unanswered, but investigators determined it had come from west of town near Utah Lake.
After that, there was a sighting in east Springville by a girl who later saw Chad's picture at school and was positive it was him.
Tantalizing clues, but they have so far led nowhere.
"We knew he left on his own accord," said Chad's father, Dennis Stilson. "But it's been too long now. I'm scared and worried. He didn't have a coat." McGarry added, "My nephew thought he had a backpack. So later I went down to search and the backpack was gone, but that's the only thing."
Though divorced, the parents are united in their concern for Chad.
Mother has been advised to stay home -- close to the phone. Dad, who at one time was a bounty hunter, has been hitting the pavement tracking down leads. "I've talked to the authorities and generally they say 99.9% come home within 24 hours. That's the big concern.
Five days is a long time for a 12-year old boy. He's not a big, tough, street kid."
McGarry said, "I want my baby home. There's nothing he could have done in the past that's worth this. He's not in trouble. We love him. We just want him home."
Here's more information on Chad:
DOB: Mar 26, 1998
Missing: Jan 22, 2011
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
Age Now: 12
Weight: 105 lbs (48 kg)
Chad was last seen on January 22, 2011.
ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Springville Police Department (Utah) 1-801-489-9421 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1-801-489-