Circumstances surrounding the disappearance of 12-year-old Jonathan Foster, a Houston boy who is believed to have gone missing sometime on Christmas Eve, have prompted authorities to issue an Amber Alert. According to the Houston Chronicle, Houston Police homicide investigators continued canvassing possible witnesses Monday night after the Amber Alert was issued earlier in the day. Police admit that they are still attempting to ascertain exactly what happened around the time Jonathan Foster went missing, hoping to piece together enough details to lead them to the boy.
“We’re still trying to get down to exactly what happened and hopefully find him pretty quick,” Sgt. Stuart Harris of Houston Police’s Missing Persons Unit told the Chronicle.
“I don’t know if it’s an abduction,” Harris said. “I don’t know if he just walked off. I don’t know if there’s foul play involved. We have no reason to think he’s a runaway. … He’s missing under suspicious circumstances, which is always a major concern for us.”
Among those suspicious circumstances: The Amber Alert noted that Jonathan might be in the company of an adult female with a raspy voice. And no one has seen him for four days, troubling to those who know him because the boy was not known to be a runaway.
His mother, Angela Martin, told Click2Houston that he had left a babysitter’s house and headed home on the afternoon of Christmas Eve. He was supposed to get a video game and return to the babysitter’s apartment.
He never returned to the babysitter’s.
Harris said that Jonathan Foster’s mother reported the youth missing at 9:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve but said the last time she saw him was at about 1:45 p.m. The boy was known to often visit friends and relatives in the Houston apartment complex the Villa Nueva Apartments, where he lived with his mother and stepfather.
Authorities noted that relatives were cooperating with missing persons investigators in their investigation.
Among those searching for Jonathan is Texas Equusearch, the specialized investigative team that coordinates searches for the missing that featured prominently in the nationally prominent Florida missing persons searches for 2-year-old Caylee Anthony in 2008 and 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings in 2009. The team has been searching wooded areas near Jonathan’s home. They issued a call for volunteers Monday to help with their continuing searches, which resumed Tuesday.
Jonathan Foster is described as having reddish, auburn hair and blue eyes. He is Caucasian, stands approximately five feet tall, and and weighs about 100 pounds. He has a noticeable overbite. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a tan t-shirt with a guitar emblazoned on it. He also had on a gray hoodie and wore white sneakers with a red stripe.
Authorities urge anyone having seen Jonathan or who might know his whereabouts to call the Houston Police Department at 713-731-5223 or Texas EquuSearch at 281-309-9500.
Lindsay Wise and Paige Hewitt, “Search intensifies for missing 12-year-old,” Chron.com