Monday, 20 October 2008

We Interrupt Our Regular Blogging...

I don't normally use this blog for personal concerns, but this time I feel it's necessary to get the word out to as many people as possible.

My 15-year-old nephew Brandon Crisp has been missing for a week. On Thanksgiving Monday he had an argument with his parents over his obsessive on-line video game use, and his parents took away his X-Box.

As a result, he took off from his home in northeast Barrie, Ontario. He hasn't been seen since. I found out about this late Friday night, and have since kept in contact with his parents during this ordeal.

A flyer campaign last week brought no leads, so the media stepped in. After a few online news reports from The Star and our Metroland papers, local television stations asked for help this weekend.

His bicycle was seen mid-week at the side of a walking trail north of Barrie, but wasn't reported until after it was taken by unknown parties. There was a ground and air search in the rural area northeast of the city yesterday (Sunday) and several unconfirmed sightings.

My sister in law phoned this morning to tell us the Barrie police are now treating this as an abduction.

If anyone in the Barrie area sees their kid with a Huffy yellow and black mountain bike, call Barrie police. If they see anyone acting suspiciously, call police. If your kid is taking extra dinner to his room, investigate.

Here's the latest online news report.


For those who can't directly help, a few prayers would be nice.

Edited to add: According to news reports, authorities still don't suspect foul play, but they're concerned about his safety, considering the cold nights in the past week.

I can't seem to post a comment this morning, so I'll edit my post:

Anyway, I was saying to anon, that would be awesome if you volunteer. The police aren't allowing civilian searches at the moment, but anyone with a cottage in the area should check their attics and such.

The fact that a witness saw him walking the trail after he ditched the bike gives me assurance that he wasn't picked up by someone with a car.

Still in a holding pattern...

36 comments:

The Anti-Wife said...

How troublesome. I'll keep him and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Chumplet - Sandra Cormier said...

Thank you, Anti. I appreciate the cyber hug.

writtenwyrdd said...

Best wishes and I sure hope he's safe and gets back home soon to get hugged half to death before he's seriously punished.

Hilary said...

Sending best thoughts your way for the safe return of your nephew.

bunnygirl said...

Sending my very best wishes for a good outcome. What a nightmare for your family. I hope your nephew is safe and simply afraid to come home after seeing the trouble he's caused.

pjd said...

Add another cyber hug. It makes me so sad to read this. I hope it turns out fine.

laughingwolf said...

prayers for his safe return, sandra :(

Chumplet - Sandra Cormier said...

Thanks, guys. Still no new developments, but it's all over the news.

cindy said...

omg, how frightening! =( i'm keeping your newphew and your family in my thoughts. hoping he'll be found soon !!

Jenny Jill said...

What a terrible tragedy. My deepest condolences. This time in between must be difficult for the family.

You can be sure that the story is everywhere in the media in Ontario. I tuned in to see if there was any further news and it was on several channels.

There are a great many who are praying for all of you. I hope you get some results from the coverage.

This impacts the town, community, region, and country, as well as all parents, and I know that our marvellous EMS and OPP crews are doing their best to search.

We lost a woman's mother at our Cranfest on Saturday. With 10,000 people visiting our town, she walked off. She just started walking straight south on the highway. They didn't find her for hours, down at Torrance. (She has Alzheimer's Disease.) The OPP were absolutely amazing, as always.

Have faith.
Just remember to breathe.

jjdebenedictis said...

Oh, that's horrible. You (and he, and the rest of the family) have got my prayers. I hope they find him fine and well.

*hugs you*

moonrat said...

all my best wishes, chumplet.

dexler said...

Sandy, my heart goes out to you and your family during this difficult time. My prayers for Brandon's safe return home. With this many people looking for him, he is sure to be found soon.
Take care, Denise

Chumplet - Sandra Cormier said...

The police confirm they found his bike in a ditch, in perfect condition. Not much more news yet.

Cindy, JJ, Jenny and Moonie - thank you for the kind words.

Denise! Thanks for visiting, although it's not a happy subject. Hope you stick around for happier times.

wordtryst said...

I have a pretty good idea of what you and your family must be going through right now. I'm adding my prayers for his safe return, and keeping you in my thoughts.

Judith Leger said...

Still have my prayers going out to you and yours. Love and sending massive cyber hugs your way!

laughingwolf said...

prayers and positive energies continue, for a happy reunion!

cindy said...

i keep checking in. i am sending positive thoughts.

Anonymous said...

I am just south of Barrie if they ask for a volunteer search I myself and friends will be there to support and hekp find Brandon. I have a 16year old son and cant imagine the worrry your family is enduring.

my thought and prayers are with you and your family

BernardL said...

I keep stopping in, hoping this nightmare concludes with a happy ending.

Anonymous said...

Many prayers go out to you and your family. I hope that Brandon returns safe and sound.

Anonymous said...

Hi, i am watching the media coverage. As soon as they call for a volunteer search I will be there.

still hoping he comes home before that happens..

keeping you and you family in my thoughts

michelle

laughingwolf said...

i posted his pic and story on my page today, hope it helps find him!

Chumplet - Sandra Cormier said...

I called tonight to let Anna and Steve know we're thinking of them, and to offer to go up there, and Steve answered. His voice was so deadpan - he must be totally numb.

They're putting up a new poster starting tomorrow with the reward included.

After I hung up, I cried for the first time.

Anonymous said...

so sorry chumplet..

your in our thoughts and prayer...

AstonWest said...

Hopes and prayers for a safe return...

Barbara Martin said...

My prayers are with you Sandra that you find your nephew safe and sound.

laughingwolf said...

all my best continue to you and yours, sandra....

Chumplet - Sandra Cormier said...

I'm checking in to tell you all that my husband and I will go tomorrow to take part in the volunteer search.

The reward has been increased to $50,000 - from Metroland, Rogers Telecommunications, Microsoft and one other generous donor I can't remember at the moment.

Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart, for all your support and best wishes. You are truly wonderful friends.

Jenny Jill said...

For those parents wondering what to do, here is some info to help you protect your children while in the computer or gaming. I hope it helps someone.

It is a terrible tragedy, such a shame that the media keeps mentioning the 'fight with his parents' line. Many of us have to set limits for our children. Sometimes you just cannot prevent your children from getting into trouble.

Kanani said...

I'm so, so sorry.
and am devastated over his disappearance and the anguish everyone is going through.

I'll think of him today.
Prayers to all.

xxxooo

wordtryst said...

Just letting you know my thoughts and prayers continue to turn to your nephew and your family. Will keep checking back until he's found.

Terri said...

Hi Sandra - I hope Brandon is recovered safe and soon!

I am an attorney that works with a lot of troubled families and kids. We've had several runaways in the past year and every child has been returned home safe. Every last one. So keep the faith.

dexler said...

Continuing my prayers for Brandon's safe return home. Please take care of yourself during this difficult time.

Conduit said...

I was alerted to this by JJ/Goblin's blog. I wish from the bottom of my heart for this to reach a happy conclusion, and quickly.

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