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Abducted or Missing Teens

th2Every year in the US, there are about 800,000 missing children reported. Many of these are nabbed by family and friends. (With family and friends like this…!) It could be a custody issue or a disturbed neighbor and that’s bad.

But in my opinion, the truly scary ones are the 115 “stranger abduction” cases each year, you know, where the child vanishes without a trace, taken by an unknown person. Maybe there’s a sketchy store surveillance video, maybe some text messages or e-mails with a new “friend” in the days preceding the disappearance….

Rosie O’Donnell’s 17-year-old adopted daughter took off with a suspicious guy she met online, actually a heroin dealer charged earlier with child endangerment. He was in his mid-20s. Chelsea was found one week later, moved back home, and turned 18, revealing her real plan to live with her birth mom in Wisconsin. The mother who had given her up long ago came and picked her up, while Rosie, the adoptive mom, decided to stop footing the bills.

These things happen. All of them just in the past month.

Tennessee teen, Joe Keller, 19, went missing on a jog. Taking a two-week cross-country trip with th3friends, he and another guy headed out for a run one afternoon in Colorado, each going at his own pace on their way to a ranch. Keller never arrived. He vanished without a trace. . It was the 10th day of their trip, July 23rd.

Parents, police, friends, nobody knows what to make of it. He was to be a sophomore in college this year.

thThen last week, on the first day of school in a beach community in South Carolina, Marley McKenna Spindler, 16, stopped at a Chick-Fil-A at 7:30 a.m. and was never seen again. She turned up eight days later about two hours away…. Was it an abduction? News is just now coming out.

Our family had prayed for Spindler earlier on the day when she was located. I told the kids about Elizabeth Smart and how she had been kidnapped during the night from her own bed in her own home when she was only 14 years old in 2002. Some of her nine months in captivity was spent within eyesight of her own house.

And many felt that she would never come home after the first days and weeks passed.th4

But she did. Where there’s life there’s hope.

Even if we don’t see them, they might still be out there. Maybe making poor choices all their own, or maybe abducted against their will.

It’s worth saying a prayer and believing for their return.

Stay safe, friends.





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