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Lawrence and Douglas County

Lawrence and Douglas county

Lawrence mother searching for 17-year-old son, missing since May 7

June 3, 2013

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Zach Yoder, 17, has been reported missing. His mother, Margarita Yoder, said she last saw him near 23rd and Louisiana streets on May 7.

Zach Yoder, 17, has been reported missing. His mother, Margarita Yoder, said she last saw him near 23rd and Louisiana streets on May 7.

Margarita Yoder of Lawrence says she has been searching for her missing son for nearly a month.

Margarita last saw her 17-year-old son, Zach Yoder, on May 7 near 23rd and Louisiana streets. She said her son is having difficulties and she is worried about his safety if he is roaming the city alone. Zach has not been communicating with friends and family members, she said, but a family friend set up a Facebook page for him to rally support.

Margarita reported to police that Zach was missing and has distributed posters in Lawrence with his photo.

Zach is about 5-foot-9, 170 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone who sees him is asked to call the Lawrence Police Department at 785-832-7509.

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Lora Gilliland Schneider 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Has there been any new information on him?

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bornon7 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Sped, have you contacted the police!?!?!??!

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Clark Coan 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Below are some unfortunate statistics concerning runaways:

All statistics listed on this page come from peer-reviewed journals and federal studies.

Prevalence of runaways

Between 1.6 and 2.8 million youth run away in a year.

Youth aged 12-17 are at higher risk for homelessness than adults.

Motivations for running away

47% of runaway / homeless youth indicated that conflict between them and their parent or guardian was a major problem. 5 *

Over 50% of youth in shelters and on the streets reported that their parents either told them to leave or knew they were leaving but did not care. 6

80% of runaway and homeless girls reported having ever been sexually or physically abused. 34% of runaway youth (girls and boys) reported sexual abuse before leaving home and forty-three percent of runaway youth (girls and boys) reported physical abuse before leaving home. 7

Childhood abuse increases youths' risk for later victimization on the street. Physical abuse is associated with elevated risk of assaults for runaway and homeless youth, while sexual abuse is associated with higher risk of rape for runaway and homeless youth. 7

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spedteacher03 10 months, 2 weeks ago

He liked my friends status on Thursday.

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costello 10 months, 2 weeks ago

I'm sorry for Ms. Yoder. She must be beside herself with worry. I hope she locates her son soon.

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