Detroit mother 'glad he's safe' after son, 16, returns home

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Detroit Jaden Davis, a 16-year-old Detroiter who ran away from home on Saturday, has made contact with family and is safe.

 A publicist working with his mother, Angela Davis, had scheduled a press conference for Wednesday to continue to draw attention to his disappearance, but canceled the event. The teen had called a family member.

Media outlets, including most in Detroit and even People magazine at the national level, ran stories on Davis's disappearance after his mother, known on Twitter as The Kitchenista, reached out for help.

"Urgent ask...Never thought I'd need to do this but my son is missing in #Detroit and I need help locating,"  Angela Davis, The Kitchenista, tweeted Monday from her account with more than 100,000 followers.

"Jaden called his grandfather he is safe and now his mother is working to get him home," wrote publicist David Rudolph, in an email cancelling the 11:30 a.m. presser.

Davis, 37, thanked the community, both in the digital world and in Detroit, for tips and kind words that came in when she asked for help. 

Jaden returned home late morning, and will be moving down to Virginia with family. Davis moved to Detroit last summer for work.

"It's been a rough transition" for the 16-year-old, Davis said. Jaden was forced to leave his old school, and football team, to come to Detroit. He is enrolled at the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy. 

Jaden had spent at least some time at a cafe on Woodward before coming home. Tipsters had said he was spotted in the area Tuesday night. 

The family's turmoil ended when Jaden responded to an email his grandfather had sent, asking him to call. A family friend picked him up and brought him home.

The "silver lining" in it all, Davis said, was the massive public response and the professional work of Detective Tamara Conway, who "put her best effort forward" in securing Jaden's return home.

"At the end of the day, I'm glad he's safe — that something didn't happen," Davis said.