PIQUA — The Piqua Police Department are searching for a local boy believed to be a runaway.
Joseph Marks, 15, of Piqua, has reportedly been missing for a week. He was last seen leaving his residence on June 23 at 9 p.m. He was reported missing approximately 12 hours later.
“He’s actively missing,” Piqua Chief of Police Bruce Jamison said. “We have reason to believe he’s a runaway.”
Jamison explained that runaways are considered to be at risk and the police department is making every effort to find Marks.
“Any time a kid goes missing we work hard to get them back quickly,” Jamison said. “If someone has information, we need it just the same.”
Marks is believed to still be in the city, and anyone with information about Marks’ whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Piqua Police Department or call 9-1-1.
Jamison also noted that anyone withholding information about Marks’ whereabouts could be charged.
“If they are doing anything to interfere with the legal custody of this child, they’re subject to criminal prosecution,” Jamison said.
Jamison confirmed that the same goes for any friends of Marks who may be hiding him or who may know where Marks is at but are not coming forward with the information.
“He has not come home yet,” Marks’ mother Angela Marks said on Wednesday. Marks said that her family and she are doing as best as can be expected and that they are just extremely concerned.
Marks said that her son has never run away before and that when he left the house sometimes, he usually just walked around the block before going back home. Last Thursday night, though, he did not come back.
“We haven’t heard anything since he left Thursday night,” Marks said. “I would just really like him to come home.”
Marks said that he was last seen in gray sweatpants and a black shirt with Star Wars logos on it. Marks added that he also spends time on Xbox live and his username is exoflame695.
The Piqua Police Department can be contacted at (937) 778-2027. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling 937-615-TIPS (8477) or by visiting www.piquaoh.org/police_submitatip.htm for more information.
To submit an anonymous tip through text messaging, type the keyword PIQUAPD and the message, then send it to 274637.
Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336