‘He said he was letting us down,’ Family agonise over missing teen in the US
17-year-old Yaron Kathuri was last seen in Douglasville, Georgia wearing a white NASA hoodie and black pants, and driving a gold colour 1998 Lexus.
Now, it has emerged that the Lexus he was driving has been found. The Kenyan teenager is still missing.
His phone is currently switched off and he has not been in touch for several days.
The family announced that the car was found on Friday 30, abandoned at a mall parking lot.
His father, Andrew Kathuri said police told him his son’s phone was pinged at the mall Thursday 29.
Police later informed the family that it pinged again at Lake Douglas, which is less than five miles from the mall.
He is described by the department to be about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs around 123 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes.
Meanwhile, his parents are trying to stay positive. They’re asking for the community’s help in bringing him home.
A search was conducted around the area where the car was recovered on Saturday.
Yaron’s father said his son recently battled depression and suicidal ideation.
“He had texted his friends. He said that ‘I’m sorry’. That he’s ‘tired of life’,” his father said.
Forty-eight hours before he went missing, his family were attempting to check him into a mental health facility, they said.
“I know he’s fearful, because when he called and said he was letting us down,” said Kathuri.
But the facility they took their son told them it was at capacity and Yaron would need outpatient treatment.
“I would say if he was admitted — because he was really adamant about getting medication — that maybe it could have calmed down his fears about what he was going through,” Kathuri said.
Anyone who sees him or has information on his whereabouts is requested to contact Douglasville Police at 470-393-9309 or Yaron’s dad at 678 914 9546. They can also call 911 or the closest police station.