The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children lists 17-year-old Woodson High School student Bryan Glenn as an endangered runaway, but family and friends are adamant that it's not true. They fear something happened to Bryan to make him just disappear.
"I am 100 percent sure that Bryan did not just walk away from his close-knit family," said Julia Ross, a SAT prep/college coach who worked with Bryan and his brother up to three times a week for a past few months. "I have worked with teens for 20 years and have seen it all — the good, the bad and the ugly. Bryan is part of the good."
Ross, owner of Fairfax Station's Professional Tutoring, last saw Bryan the night before he vanished. Nothing about that time made her expect him to be on news broadcasts and missing posters a day later.
"I said goodbye to Bryan at 9:15 on Sunday night, fewer than 12 hours before he disappeared," she said. "Bryan was happy and looking forward to his next chapter of life. He was excited about several upcoming college trips."
The Lenox Drive resident was last seen dropping his younger brother Marty off at Woodson High School at around 7 a.m. An hour later, he was spotted at the Dunkin Donuts on Fairfax Boulevard. Glenn didn't go to classes or attend football practice.
Fairfax City police spotted the car he was driving, his parents' Volkswagen, at 3 a.m. on Tuesday in the Thaiss Park parking lot, said Sgt. Joe Johnson of the City of Fairfax Police Department. Officers combed the woods nearby for any sign of the boy, to no avail. They've returned every day since, bringing bloodhounds on Wednesday, as well as a Fairfax County Police helicopter, bike and moped patrols on Thursday.
"At this point, given the context of the situation, police consider this an unusual situation and he is missing under unusual circumstances," said Lucy Caldwell, spokesperson for the Fairfax County Police Department.
So far, the Woodson community has rallied around the Glenns, helping pass out flyers and even cooking meals for the family.
Much of the activity around the hunt for Bryan is on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Marty's "Find Bryan Glenn" Facebook group already boasts over 1,000 members. Supporters use the #FindBryan hashtag on Twitter to help get the word out.
But most importantly, call police if you have any information about Bryan's disappearance. Call Crime Solvers 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637. You can also call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.