A 16-year-old McHenry boy reported missing Friday left a note indicating plans to return home, his mother said.
Jessica Rogers and her husband were preparing to leave for work about 8:30 a.m. Friday, when she noticed the car belong to her son, Alexander Rogers, was gone, she said. When she went to check on him, the mother found a line of pillows under his bed sheets arranged to look like a person, she said. She also found a note from her son, indicating that he’d left, but expected to return.
"I have been driving around looking for him. I have tons of people looking for him," Jessica Rogers said.
Alexander Rogers, a junior at McHenry East High School, and 16-year-old Katherine Heimann, of Gratiot, Wisconsin, have been missing since late last week.
The pair was last seen together about 2:30 a.m. Friday, according to a news release from the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department. The McHenry County Sheriff's Office also is investigating the situation after Jessica Rogers filed a missing person's report for her son Friday, McHenry County Sheriff's Deputy Sandra Rogers said.
One of the boy's friends possibly spotted him Saturday at the McHenry Dunkin Donuts, Jessica Rogers said.
Heimann's mother, Nancy Walker-Heimann, said Monday she would call a Northwest Herald reporter to talk about the investigation. Walker-Heimann was not immediately available for a phone conversation following a severe thunderstorm Monday evening, however.
Tuesday will mark the fourth day since the teenagers were reported missing.
Using phone records, Jessica Rogers said she traced her son's movement Gratiot, Wisconsin, campgrounds, where she said Alexander Rogers met Heimann for the first time in June. According to his phone records, the teenager arrived at the campgrounds between 12:15 and 12:30 a.m. Friday, his mother said.
The boy's phone later shut off and his whereabouts are unknown, she said.
Jessica Rogers said she believes the teenagers are dating and have been in frequent communicating since June.
Investigators do not suspect Heimann left against her will, although she didn’t appear to take many personal belongings with her, including her cellphone, according to the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department news release release. Emails between the two suggest they arranged to meet Friday morning and left together willingly, Jessica Rogers said.
The girls' family and friends have reason to believe her safety will be more in jeopardy the longer that she is away from home, according the release.
Alexander Rogers, who struggles with anxiety and anger, appears to have taken his medication with him, his mother said.
“He’s got some anger issues, but he’s never been violent toward anyone,” Jessica Rogers said.
At the time he was reported missing, Alexander Rogers was grounded as punishment for meeting up with his friends without letting his parents know, his mother said. The punishment was supposed to be lifted Saturday, but Jessica Rogers hasn't heard from her son, she said.
"He usually answers the phone if I call him," the boy's mother said.
Alexander Rogers is white; 6 feet, 2 inches tall; and weighs 180 pounds. Heimann also is white with blonde hair; 5 feet, 3 inches tall; and weighs about 115 pounds, police have said.
According to the news release from Lafayette County Sheriff's Department, Alexander Rogers left his home and picked up Heimann at her house about 2:30 a.m. Friday. Alexander Rogers was driving his black 2000 Ford Ranger with Illinois registration.
Their direction was unknown, but police believe the teenagers have ties to vacation properties in the Hayward, Wisconsin, area, according to the release.
Anyone with information about the teenagers' whereabouts should contact the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office at 608-776-4870 or the McHenry County Sheriff's Office at 815-338-2144 .
"If he sees this. I just want to know he’s alive," Jessica Rogers said. "And it’s safe to come home. He’s not in trouble."