Missing teen resurfaces at school, disappears again

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

A 13-year-old boy who went missing from a Detroit charter school Thursday briefly resurfaced at the building Friday before disappearing again, according to Detroit police.

David Taylor was dropped off at Warrendale Charter Academy around 8 a.m. Thursday at 19400 Sawyer on the city's west side, police said in a statement. He reported to all his classes and was seen leaving the building with a friend.

He was back at school Friday after being missing all night, according to officials. Teachers immediately contacted the teen's mother, but the boy left school before family or police could respond.

Elaine Taylor, David's adoptive mother, told The Detroit News that her son may have "hooked up with the wrong people" but he has a loving family nervously awaiting his return.

"I'm kind of wrecked right now, I just want to find my child," Taylor said Friday morning. "David knows to come home. He knows he's safe, and he knows we love him.

"Whatever he's going through, we'll go through it together."

Taylor is described by police as 5-foot-1 with black hair, brown eyes, and a scar on the right side of his head. He was last seen on Thursday wearing khaki pants, a blue shirt, black tie, black shoes and a tan and green sport coat. It was not immediately clear if he was wearing the same clothes when spotted Friday.

Taylor is in good physical condition but has been diagnosed with ADHD and an "explosive disorder," defined by police as an emotional and/or behavior disorder in children.


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