Missing teen found in New Jersey
Published: Friday, October 26, 2012 at 8:43 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, October 26, 2012 at 10:11 a.m.
The father of a Petaluma teenager missing since Monday said that New Jersey police located his son at approximately 5 a.m. Friday morning after tracing a phone call home Justin Franz placed from a pay phone in New York.
"We're relieved and so happy that he's been found," said Jusin's father Roland Franz. "We are all crying, knowing that he's been located and is safe."
Roland Franz said that after Justin called home Thursday evening at approximately 7 p.m., investigators traced the call to New York and local police in the area began searching for the teen. He said that New Jersey police eventually located the boy in the Trenton Train Station in New Jersey. He added that his son is physically unharmed and in good health.
"It was a blessing because the station was apparently filled with police and was a safe area," said his father.
Roland Franz said he will be flying out to New Jersey today to pick up his son, who is currently in protective custody with New Jersey police. Justin's mother, Nanette Franz, will remain in Petaluma with their 12-year-old son.
Justin's father said Petaluma investigators have been working constantly with New York police and the FBI in an attempt to locate the teen since he went missing.
Justin Franz, a Casa Grande High School sophomore, had not been seen since he went to bed Sunday night at approximately 10:30 p.m. He was believed to have made plans to travel to New York to meet a Pennsylvania man he met online.
Roland Franz added that when he spoke with his son, Justin said he was remorseful for his decisions. "He is sorry for everything he has put people through, and we'll have a tough road ahead of us as a family," Roland Franz said. "But right now, we just told him that we love him and are thankful and overjoyed that he is ok."
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