It has been one week since Morton resident Christy Harper realized her 16-year-old son was missing.
Austin David King had been spending time with friends late June 24 when they decided to go home, and he told Harper he was going to sleep, she said.
“He said he was going to bed and that he would talk to me in the morning,” Harper said. “He was laughing, in a good mood, joking with everybody.”
By noon the following day – a time when family members say King would normally emerge from the detached building next to the family’s mobile home – his mother noticed he was missing and called 911, she said.
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He hasn’t been seen since.
Forty to 50 people continued searching for him Tuesday. Wearing orange vests, teams spread out over a 3-mile radius looking for clues.
Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Commander Steve Aust said the disappearance has been frustrating from an investigation standpoint. Thus far, law enforcement have received no credible tips, he said.