The family of Garret Henderson, 14, had asked people to contact them or authorities if they knew where he was. Henderson left a letter behind that his parents, Tye and Tammi Henderson, found on Saturday morning. It said he had left home by choice.
“I wish I knew,” Tammi Henderson said Wednesday when asked why her son left home.
“We’ve followed a zillion leads and nobody we’ve talked to has seen him with their own eyes or told us truthfully that they have not,” she said.
The Park County Sheriff’s Office said Henderson had been listed as a runaway and said when found, he would be held until he can be turned over to his parents. An officer said the teen was not considered at risk and was believed to still be in the area; Tammi Henderson said she believes that, too.
The Powell Police Department has been notified, but since the Hendersons live in rural Powell, the sheriff’s office has been in charge of the search. Powell High School Principal Jim Kuhn cited confidentiality rules and declined to comment.
Tammi Henderson said Wednesday that the sheriff’s deputies had been “amazing” and had worked hard to try to find her son,
“They check everything,” she said.
Henderson said once her son turned up, he would be welcomed home.
“He’s coming home,” she said. “He’s broken no laws. They’re bringing him home.”
Locals started a prayer vigil for the Henderson Family on Tuesday. To sign up for it, go to http://tinyurl.com/hendersonprayervigil