Alaska Cops Baffled by Teen's Disappearance

Burned vehicle was found day after he vanished
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 22, 2016 3:03 AM CST
Alaska Cops Baffled by Teen's Disappearance
Police released this photo of David Grunwald.   (Alaska State Troopers)

(Newser) – A massive search effort in Alaska has failed to find any trace of David Grunwald, a 16-year-old who vanished more than a week ago. He was last heard from the evening of Sunday, Nov. 13, when he called his mom to say he'd be back a little late from dropping his girlfriend off, KTUU reports. He was reported missing by 11pm and the next day, his burned Ford Bronco was found on a trail up Bald Mountain Ridge, about a 20-minute drive from his parent's home in Palmer. David is from a military family, and service members were among around 300 people who joined search efforts in rough terrain over the weekend, Alaska Dispatch News reports. Six horse teams and a helicopter joined the effort around Palmer, which is about 40 miles away from Anchorage.

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No remains were found in or around the badly burned Bronco. David's relatives "are holding up as best as can be expected," private investigator Brenda Paradise tells NBC. "They are preparing for the worst, but we're praying for a miracle." She says there's no sign that anything was bothering David. "It very well could be a case of wrong place, wrong time, wrong people," she says. Paradise, who's providing her services pro bono, tells the Dispatch News that an anonymous tip line (907-290-8999) has been set up. "A lot of people are afraid to call law enforcement; a lot of people are afraid to get involved because there's minors involved," she says. (Elsewhere, a ransom has been offered in the case of a missing jogger.)

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