Family still waiting for son 8 months after disappearance
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — It has been eight months since 16-year-old Matthew Jedediah “Jed” Hall disappeared from his eastern Idaho home, and investigators have still found no sign of the teen.
Police are now asking hunters to keep an eye out for Jed’s silver 2009 Nissan Versa in case it is parked in a remote location, the Post Register newspaper in Idaho Falls reported.
Both Jed’s parents and police investigating his disappearance are skeptical that Jed committed suicide, despite a threat to harm himself. Allen Hall worked as a police officer for several years, and said people who take their own life tend to be found relatively quickly.
Idaho Falls Police Department Sgt. Jon Johnson said investigators explored leads within a day of the investigation. Attempts to find Jed by his phone have also been unsuccessful.
The teen was a good student who mentored his classmates and hoped to join the military, his father said. He was also a fan of the CBS television show series called “Hunted,” where teams of two tried to avoid investigators for four weeks.
Allen Hall said his son picked up on two mistakes the losing teams made: They used their phones or tried to contact friends and family. Jed Hall would talk with family members about the show and how to disappear, but never so intently that they thought he might try.
“It’s not impossible to drop off,” Allen Hall said. “You just have to be able to make sacrifices.”
Still, one clue left behind by Jed suggests a similar scenario. Allen Hall found a journal near the door Jed used when he left the house in January. The journal contained a list of survival supplies and plans for ways Jed could disguise himself.
Allen Hall said Jed is experienced at camping, including during the winter. He says his son is smart enough to make it on his own. Even so, Allen Hall keeps himself ready to leave in a moment to pick up his son if the teen or another clue is found.
“I’m set up so I can leave in half an hour,” he said. “There are no circumstances that can’t be overcome. I’m not mad at him, I respect what his reasons are, whether I agree with them or not.”
Officials say anyone with information about Jed Hall can call the Idaho Falls Police Department.
Information from: Post Register, http://www.postregister.com