The Glen Burnie community is searching night and day, in an effort to bring a 14-year-old boy home. Anne Arundel County Police say they are still investigating this case as a runaway, but updated the teen to a 'critical missing person' because of his age.
Brandon Hinton Jr.'s family is still in shock; it's been more than three days since the teen was last seen, when his stepmother tucked him into bed Thursday evening.
"I have no idea where he is. He just literally walked out the back door and vanished. We just need help. We need him home," said Tiffany Tripp, the boy's stepmother.
Tripp says she went to wake Brandon up for school on Friday morning, and he was gone. The family says the only sign of his leaving was the unlocked back door.
"He's such a good respectful kid. Literally. Every person that answers the door says that," Tripp said.
"Everybody is saying the same thing that we're saying. Something isn't right. This is not the type of kid Brandon is," Hinton's father said.
His parents say the 14-year-old loves school, he's a star athlete and he's a great big brother to his siblings.
"I don't have any words. I need my boy; I need my boy," said Hinton's grandmother, Cynthia Thomas.
His father says a pair of tennis shoes and lightweight jacket are all that's missing. Now, the entire family is coming together passing out thousands of fliers, knocking on doors, and searching everywhere they can think of.
"We have been walking for miles," Thomas said. "We have covered every inch of this neighborhood twice, three times. Knocked door to door, we have been through every mall, every store, we've been through the woods, we've been through the ravines. Every playground, football field, basketball field, we've been everywhere."
Anne Arundel County police are investigating this as a runaway case, saying Hinton left on his own will. Because of Brandon age, they are calling him a 'critical missing person.'
"I'm not stopping until stopping until I bring my boy home. He means everything. We have to bring him home," Thomas said.
Anyone who may be assisting him in any way or anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to immediately contact the Anne Arundel County Police Department at 410-222-8610 or the Northern District at 410-222-6135.