13 Year Old Jayden Thomas & 14 Year Old Braxton Wood Missing Since 8/26/13 in Clare, MI (UPDATE: Found Safe in Chicago, IL)
13 year old Jayden Thomas and 14 year old Braxton Wood have been missing since August 26, 2013 in Clare, Michigan.
The Isabella County Sheriff’s Department says 13-year-old Jayden Thomas and 14-year-old Braxton Wood — of Clare and Mt. Pleasant — were last seen on Monday, Aug. 26 in Clare.
Jayden is described as 5 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs about 120 lbs. She has blonde hair and hazel/blue eyes. Braxton is 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighs 125 lbs., and has blonde hair and blue eyes.
Clare is located at the crossroads of US-27 and US-10, about 2 1/2 hours from both Mackinaw City and Detroit.
Ed Wood and Braxton’s mother, Sarah Kiley, were with Jayden’s parents, Kelly and Art Drinkwine, Monday night. They said it doesn’t make any sense at all why the teens would run. Police say the two took off in a 2005 black Ford Explorer last Monday morning.
“It’s like they’ve fallen off the face of the earth. Nobody can find them. And I don’t know how,” said Kelly Drinkwine.
But police say they do have evidence the two aren’t too far away. Isabella County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Tim Swanson said a camera caught the vehicle crossing the Mackinac Bridge last week. He also said cell phone towers in Bay City and Saginaw pinged the teens’ phones, but an exact location couldn’t be determined.
“We’re not mad. We’re not upset. We just want them home and make sure they’re safe,” said Ed Wood.
At this point, the sheriff’s office considers the two teens runaways, and because there is no evidence of imminent danger, there hasn’t been an Amber Alert issued. But both Jayden’s and Braxton’s parents aren’t buying it.
The missing Michigan teens who left town together nearly two weeks ago have been found safe in Chicago this morning, authorities said.
Jayden Thomas, 13, of Clare, and Braxton Wood, 14, of Mount Pleasant, were first reported missing since Aug. 26. Braxton apparently took his mother’s black 2005 Ford Explorer during the early morning hours and picked up Jayden before taking off.
They were due to start their freshman year at different high schools last week, and their parents said the two even briefly broke up because of that.
Local law enforcement found the couple this morning in the back of the Ford Explorer in a parking lot adjacent to a Mobil gas station in Wrigleyville, a neighborhood in Chicago, Sgt. Tim Edeling of the Chicago Police Department 19th District told ABCNews.com.
If anyone has any information about the missing teens, Jayden Thomas and Braxton Wood, please contact the Isabella County Sheriff’s Office at 989-772-5911 or Private Investigator Mike Cook directly at 616-466-4274.