Missing Ocala teen found after mother launches search party
Ocala police officials said they’ve been following all credible leads. His mother Tammy Hoff said, her son could have been coerced into leaving.
OCALA, Fla. (WCJB) - Missing Ocala teen Connor Hoff has been safely located. The 16-year-old was found at a home in Utah and as of Wednesday evening was enroute to Ocala.
Officials said the people living in the home were not helpful at first but once they found out Hoff was 16, not 18, they cooperated.
Police aren’t suspecting foul play at this time, because the decision to leave Florida was Hoff’s.
His mother Tammy Hoff organized a meeting to gather volunteers, so they can help find leads. She just wanted her son to come home, Tammy Hoff said.
“It is the most horrible feeling that you can ever have, is not knowing if your child is safe or where they’re at and you just pray every night that God is watching over him and that angels are around him, protecting him and at any moment he will walk through that door,” Hoff said.
The 16-year-old was last seen in the afternoon of June 17th, getting into an older blue compact car.
Ocala Police Officials said, he left a note at his grandparent’s home saying he had to sort things out and would be back when he turns 18.
Ocala police officials said they’ve been following all credible leads. His mother said, he could have been coerced into leaving.
“I feel he was possibly corrosively abducted due to online grooming and gaming,” Hoff added.
Hoff wants to remind other parents to remain vigilant.
“I want parents to be aware that there are lots of apps out there that are anonymous that can’t be traced, there are a lot of numbers going around that are not traceable that kids are now using,” she added.
But wherever Connor may be, Hoff said she just wants to know that he is okay.
“Connor I love you. I love you so much. I miss you. Your brother and your sister miss you. We want you to come home. We just want to be there to help you and support you and please reach out somehow, someway just to let us know that you’re okay,” she said.
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