Teenage Boy Disappears After Possibly Going For A Trail Run
A 14-year-old boy went missing yesterday after possibly going for a run on a trail near his school in Walnut. Kayne Doughty, Jr. is a student, cross-country runner and soccer player at Walnut High School, KTLA reports. On Wednesday, he told his parents he was going to a meeting for his track team. He texted his mother at about 4:20 p.m., but when his mother showed up at the school to pick him up, Doughty was nowhere to be found. His parents also say that they found out there wasn't a track meeting scheduled for that day. When police looked in the boy's locker, they found his street clothes, but his running shoes were missing.
His family believes he may have instead gone for a run on a nearby trail near Meadow Pass Road and North Lemon Avenue. The last place his cellphone pinged was nearby, and his lunchbox was found in the creek near the trail. His father, Kayne Doughty, Sr., told KTLA that he and his son frequent the area, but that he had told him to never go running alone. Doughty also never walks to or from school alone because his mother always picks him up.
Doughty, Sr., said it isn't like his son to run away, nor did he have any reason to do so.
"My son is very, very open with us and we let him know we love you more than anything more in the world," Doughty, Sr. said.
Update, September 4, 9:30 a.m.: Doughty was found safe last night when he called his parents from a Whittier Burger King and asked them to pick him up, CBS LA reports. Police are working to figure out where exactly he went while he was missing, and his family maintains that it isn't like him to run away.