Jonathan Foster is 12 years old. He has been missing from his Houston home since sometime on the afternoon of Christmas Eve. According to his mother, he left his babysitter’s that afternoon to go home, retrieve a video game, then return. Jonathan hasn’t been seen since, and Houston Police have issued an Amber Alert due to the suspicious nature of his disappearance. One possible lead could rest with his mother, Angela Martin, who received a mysterious phone call while at work that day.
KHOU in Houston reported Monday, the same day that investigators issued the Amber Alert for the missing 12-year-old, that Angela Martin had gotten a phone call while at work that day around 2:00 p.m.. Mary Gifford, Jonathan Foster’s grandmother, told the news station, “Someone called and said it was an emergency. But by the time she picked up the phone, no one was there.”
According to KHOU, the boy’s stepfather may have been the last to see him at around 1:45 p.m. Christmas Eve. Jonathan lived with his mother and stepfather at Villa Nueva Apartments in Houston. His biological father and other relatives live in the neighborhood as well, and he was known to visit. However, although family members are cooperating with Child Protective Services and Houston Police investigators, they have been unable to piece together a consistent timeline.
Particularly worrisome is that Jonathan has ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and, according to his grandmother, becomes easily confused.
“That’s why we want him home safe,” she said, issuing a plea for him to “hold on, because we’re doing the best to find you.”
Houston Police are admittedly confused.
“I don’t know if it’s an abduction,” Sgt. Stuart Harris of HPD’s Missing Persons Unit told the Houston Chronicle. “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.”
The suspicious circumstances not only include who may have seen him last and the mysterious emergency phone call but also reports that he could be in the company of a woman with a raspy voice, a detail released by Houston authorities when they issued the Amber Alert Monday. Police also have no reason to suspect that Jonathan Foster was a runaway.
Although uncertain, a break might come in the case if investigators are able to pinpoint from where — and from possibly whom — the emergency phone call originated.
In addition to police canvasses and other investigative measures, search organization Texas Equusearch is aiding in searching for Jonathan, scouring nearby wooded areas and railroad tracks. The team issued a call for more volunteers for the continuing search, which they resumed Tuesday as the investigation moved toward its fifth day.
Jonathan Foster is described as being nearly 5 feet tall, weighing about 100 pounds, and has blue eyes and red or auburn hair. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a tan t-shirt. The shirt had a guitar stencil on the front. He was also wearing a grey hoodie and white sneakers with a red stripe.
Anyone with information regarding the missing 12-year-old or his whereabouts is urged to call the Houston Police Department at 713-731-5223 or Texas EquuSearch at 281-309-9500.
“Search resumes for missing 12-year-old Houston boy,” KHOU.com
Lindsay Wise and Paige Hewitt, “Search intensifies for missing 12-year-old,” Chron.com