Search for missing Jenks student continues; Joseph Gomes' father worries he's unsafe

Posted at 5:46 PM, Nov 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-14 22:33:11-05

JENKS, Okla. -- A Jenks father is worried after he says his 17-year-old son went missing nearly a week ago and may be unsafe.

Joseph Gomez didn't come home last Tuesday after his sister says he wasn't on the bus after school.

Those who know Gomes are concerned for his safety because they say he has special needs and has been without medication. Family members say they're worried he's unable to take care of himself.

According to Gomes' parents, he attended every class last Tuesday, but then disappeared. They've been working with Jenks campus police to locate Gomes.

Chief Jason Smith says working cases of possible runaways is common on the force, but Gomez has been missing longer than most.

They've been working with the Jenks Police Department to enter Gomes into a national missing database.

Gomes' father, Horace Wellons, says he has left unexpectedly with a family member in the past, but this time, things feel different.

“His personal items are still in his room. His shoes, his toothbrush, his toothpaste, everything. So it's kind of concerning me because if you're leaving, you're taking things with you. Everything's still in the house.”

Bridging the Gap is also helping Gomes' family. They believe he could still be in the Tulsa Metro, and they've littered the area with flyers.

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