A 15-year-old Woodstock boy reported missing Sunday has been found safe in Pennsylvania, police said.
Details including how or why the boy traveled to Pennsylvania or who he was with were not immediately available, Woodstock Deputy Police Chief Jeffrey Parsons said, citing an ongoing investigation.
Brandon Joseph Boring was reported missing Sunday morning after his parents say they found a note saying that he had gone to New York with someone. Boring's stepmother, Brittany Gasquoine, was in tears Monday after learning Boring was safe.
"Thank you to the Woodstock Police Department," Gasquoine said in a phone interview. "Thank you to the Missing Persons Awareness Network. Thank you to everyone that shared all of our posts and everything."
Boring had last been seen in his bedroom at 10:30 p.m. Saturday and was gone by morning, according to the nonprofit Missing Persons Awareness Network. Family and investigators believed the boy might have been in the nearby area or out of state in West Virginia, Pennsylvania or New York, according to the nonprofit.
No items were missing from the residence, and Boring's phone was left behind. According to the Missing Persons Awareness Network, the data from Boring's phone had been wiped after it was restored to factory settings.
The Woodstock Police Department was notified about Boring's disappearance at 10:54 a.m. Sunday, Parsons said.
"We believe Brandon left on his own and maybe traveling east to meet with people he has communicated with on various social media platforms," Parsons said Monday morning before Boring had been found. "Places of destination maybe West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New York, as we have found communications from Brandon to other juveniles that reside in those areas."
The Woodstock Police Department worked with local authorities in each of Boring's suspected destinations to help locate the teen, Parsons said.
Boring's parents woke up Sunday with plans to go to take a morning trip to Menards as a family, Gasquoine said. When they went to wake Boring about 10:45 a.m., however, he wasn't in his bedroom.
After searching the house for Boring, the teenager's parents found a note in his handwriting, indicating that he'd gone to New York with a woman named Jessica, Gasquoine said.
"By the time you read this, I will already be gone," the note said, according to Gasquoine.
Boring's parents communicated with police and the boy's friends in an attempt to determine who Jessica is and where Boring might have been staying.
Phone records showed that Boring had several conversations with someone from out of state in the weeks leading up to his disappearance, Gasquoine said.
Although Boring left his phone behind, paperwork found in his room suggests he might have a "burner" phone, or a disposable cellphone, with him. He also left behind personal items including the clothes in which he was last seen and a necklace he frequently wears. No money or valuable items were missing from the home, Gasquoine said.
Boring attends special education classes at Woodstock High School, where he's scheduled to begin his junior year in the fall, his parents said.
The situation remains under investigation, Parsons said. Anyone with information should contact the Woodstock Police Department at 815-338-2131. The Missing Person's Awareness Network can be reached at 312-620-0788.