Search continues for 2 missing Tri-State teenagers
HUNTINGTON — On Sunday night, Danny Fulks told his parents goodnight after watching a bit of the Super Bowl before going to bed.
“Nothing seemed amiss,” Bert Fulks, Danny’s father, said.
At around 6:45 a.m. Monday, Bert and Laura Fulks, Danny’s mother, woke to discover Danny was gone, along with his truck. They checked with his school to see if he had gone to school early, but he was not there.
They sent text messages that were met with silence. At that point, Danny Fulks was reported missing to the police.
Danny Fulks is one of two teenagers reported missing Monday. Alex is Basenback, 16, a student at Spring Valley High School, is speculated to be with him.
Huntington Police Chief Hank Dial said Friday that the investigation is ongoing and he could not comment further.
The Fulks family said they have been in contact with Basenback’s family and that neither family is aware of any kind of relationship between the two. Laura Fulks said it is unusual because they are usually aware of Danny’s friends.
“This is not our son,” Bert Fulks said.
The situation comes as a surprise to everyone involved because Danny Fulks is, according to his parents, a well-liked, typical 16-year-old who likes playing “Fortnite” with his friends and who has never been in any kind of trouble and is well-liked by his teachers.
He is the youngest of three children, and his sister, Katie Fulks, described him as just her “goofy little brother.”
Danny Fulks attends Huntington High School and the Cabell County Career Technology Center, where he is pursuing his interest in auto mechanics.
Laura Fulks said he likes anything with “engines and wheels.”
The Fulks family said they have received an intense outpouring from the community in the effort to locate their son.
Family members have utilized their resources in the search, including one relative who is a pilot and is flying around searching for Danny on his own dime.
One of Danny’s friends lent his PlayStation system where Danny was last logged in to see if anything of note could be located.
Danny Fulks is a 16-year-old white male with light brown hair and blue eyes. He is 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs around 150 pounds. He has an anchor tattoo on his left ankle and a Gemini tattoo on his right wrist. He wears thick, dark-frame eyeglasses.
Alexis Basenback is a 16-year-old white female with dark brown hair. She is 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 110 pounds.
The two teens are believed to be traveling in Danny Fulks’s
truck, a red 2001 Ford F-150 XLT extended cab with a matching topper and West Virginia license plate 6ML794.
The truck is equipped with studded snow tires, which make a loud noise when they move across pavement.
His parents said he had been working on a go-kart that may still be in the back of the truck.
Anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of the teenagers should contact the Huntington Police Department at 304-696-5510.
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