8th-Grade Boy, Female Teacher Go Missing

Mass. pair said to be in relationship; may be headed to Canada
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Feb 24, 2009 7:09 AM CST
Police are investigating whether a teacher, 22, and student, 15, from Donahue Elementary School in Holyoke, Mass., have run off together.   (ABC40 via MassLive.com)
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(Newser) – A male 8th-grader and a 22-year-old female teacher at his Holyoke, Mass., school have both been reported missing and are suspected of running off together, the Republican reports. Federal and local authorities are searching for them after the 15-year-old’s parents raised concerns about a relationship earlier this month, and they both disappeared this weekend.

“There is no direct suggestion of anything untoward,” said the local mayor. “The police are really trying to make heads and tails of this.” Reports have suggested the two may be headed to Canada or Mexico. Investigators don’t think the boy is facing an immediate physical threat, the mayor said.