NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A New Jersey teen who reportedly ran off in late October has been found safe in Philadelphia, CBS Philly reported.
Sources tell CBS Philly 15-year-old Thomas Kolding, of Mountain Lakes, was staying in a tent in Southwest Philadelphia when he was spotted.
Police in Miami Township, Ohio previously announced that they received reports the teen was seen in their area last week.
The Miami Township and Philadelphia Police Departments were among the several law enforcement agencies thanked by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.
“He’s a good kid. I want to believe he’s on an adventure and there will be a day to say ‘don’t do that again,’ but we just want him back. We just want our arms around him now it’s time,” the teen’s father Nicolai Kolding told CBS2 shortly after he went missing on October 30th.
The high school freshman left behind his cell phone, his laptop, and took about $1,000 from savings. The father says his son always wanted to go to California, even though he doesn’t know anyone there.
Police say Thomas initially traveled by train from Denville to Newark-Broad Street Station and then to New York Penn Station. The 15-year-old was previously spotted at the Walter Rand Transportation Center in Camden on Nov. 3, according to CBS Philly.
Thomas was taken to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where he was being evaluated.