Monday came and we had to face everyone at school and let them know what was going on. Skyler wasn't at school so an explanation was needed. Jarred and I spoke with the principals, but kept it to just them until the blog was posted last Tuesday. Those first three days were by far the worst. We had to deal with the police in Lebanon, but also the police in other areas because everyone was looking for him. On Tuesday March 15 we made the decision to report him to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. I didn't feel like the police were doing enough for us and wanted to do everything I could to find him. By Wednesday the NCMEC had gotten a missing poster together for us to start circulating. They also sent it to police stations in Indiana.
By Thursday the missing poster had been shared over 1000 times. This gave us hope that he would be found and hopefully quickly. By that night we had responses in different areas of where he might have been that he had been spotted. On Friday morning, 1:30am to be exact, we had a sheriff come banging on our door and waking us up. This sheriff came to inform us that they had a tip that he had been spotted and he wanted us to know. However, we still hadn't heard anything from Skyler and were worried about him. There were a couple of leads we had, but we didn't know if they would pan out or not.
All of this was going on and spring break was coming up. We were excited for a break from school, but weren't sure how it was going to be since we were missing a kid. We had previously promised the little kids that we were going to visit our friend in Saint Louis over break. They were extremely excited, but we weren't sure how this was going to work. After much deliberation we decided to take a break and bring the them to Saint Louis so they could enjoy their break and keep something normal.
We left for Saint Louis on Sunday morning. We arrived around 1pm, Saint Louis time. We went to our friends house and did some things with him before heading to the park. We had just arrived at the park when Jarred's phone rang. Jarred has his hands full so I answered it. When I said hello and the voice on the other end said hello back I was shocked. I didn't know if I could believe what I thought I was hearing or if I needed to be cautious. I decided to be cautious and asked who it was. After a few hello's back and forth I asked if it was Skyler, IT WAS!!! I was so excited to hear from him and shocked at the fact that he had called. We talked for a little bit and asked about where he had been and what was going on. Then he asked if we could come get him. Since we are in Saint Louis that was going to be hard to do, but we planned on getting him as soon as we got back in town. Another plan came about with being able to have someone pick him up. He was picked up and taken to my parents house.
Skyler is back with us! We are super excited but also nervous for what is ahead. We know that we have a lot to do and get through before everything will be "okay" but we will do that.
I want to say thank you to everyone who has helped us with sharing his missing information and being concerned for our family. This has been one of the hardest things to go through as parents. I know that it's not over and that we have a lot to do still, but we are working on it.
Thank you to everyone who has been praying, sharing, and looking. We really appreciate it!!!