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Raymond Wayne Thorstenson, 15, was last seen on Feb. 16.

Raymond Wayne Thorstenson, 15, last seen on Feb. 16. Photo provided by Pleasanton Police
Raymond Wayne Thorstenson, 15, last seen on Feb. 16. Photo provided by Pleasanton Police

Police officials say Thorstenson's family called to advise he had returned home around 7 p.m. last night.

Original story—

Police are asking for the public's help finding a runaway teen who is considered an "at risk" missing juvenile. Raymond Wayne Thorstenson, 15, was last seen by his legal guardian on Feb. 16 around 3 p.m. after police say he refused to attend a family function.

According to police officials, the disagreement led to Thorstenson to hold a knife and make statements that he would harm himself. Thorstenson left the home and has not been seen since. 

Thorstenson, who suffers from multiple mental health issues and has not had access to his prescribed medication since he was last seen, may be in Pleasanton or Livermore. The last time Thorstenson was seen in Livermore was by a friend on Friday morning.  

Thorstenson is known to frequent skate parks in both cities. Police describe Thorstenson as being 5’10” tall, 155 pounds, with brown hair, and green eyes. He has large-gauge ear lobe rings and a piercing on his left eyebrow. He has multiple tattoos including the number “13” on his left hand.

Anybody with information about Thorstenson’s location is asked to contact the Pleasanton Police Department at (925) 931-5100.
Kathy Montgomery February 18, 2014 at 10:53 PM
Sure hope everything will be ok. I just saw the helicopters above our house. I knew something was up.
Autumn Johnson (Editor) February 18, 2014 at 11:26 PM
@Adriana: The term "at risk" changes the way these cases are handled and we are reporting the information the way it was released by police. In this case, for clear safety reasons, it is urgent that the teen be found.
Autumn Johnson (Editor) February 18, 2014 at 11:45 PM
@Adriana: I understand what you are saying and when I retired from law enforcement I actually specialized in this sort of mental health situation so I try to be sensitive to this. In my job as the editor, I have to report the facts as they are released by the police not change or omit them simply so the community feels less uncomfortable. If you click on the Nixle link in the article, you can read the exact press release as it was sent to all media.
Jennifer Blanchard February 19, 2014 at 01:10 AM
@ Kathy, the helicopters were news copters, reporting on the pedestrian who was hit by the ACE train this evening. This young man is a friend of my son's and the only person "at risk" is himself. He is not dangerous but he could be in danger, so he needs to get home to his family.
Sophie February 19, 2014 at 02:08 AM
I heard and saw the helicopter. Of course the Patch didn't offer any info. Thank you Jennifer for filling us in.
Autumn Johnson (Editor) February 19, 2014 at 09:09 AM
@Sophie: We are working on the story but at the time the helicopter was up, ACE officials were not able to release much information. We are working on a follow up story this morning now that we have slightly more information.
Mari February 19, 2014 at 09:51 AM
To the family of the young man please reach out get this young man help there are resources out there but you as his family need to research the many resources and not give up, not be afraid of what others think take care of him he is too young to know what's best for him. And may God Bless You.
Jelly February 19, 2014 at 01:06 PM
I am glad he is home. I actually had trouble sleeping last night, worrying about him & I dont even know him. You deserve a happy life, it wont always be easy...we all have our challenges, and life wont always seem fair...but there are so many great things that can & will happen to you...keep an open mind, get help & try hard to just appreciate being alive & young. Best wishes to you Raymond.
Willis February 19, 2014 at 11:14 PM
Probably a sad situation. I hope the child and family receive all of the assistance out there is out there. It is out there.
Faith Cheyenne Gibson February 25, 2014 at 02:37 PM
hi guys. this is ray the "mental kid" i hope everyone knows there was no knife..no family function. and this editor wrote that bulls*t. best regards -ray
Autumn Johnson (Editor) February 25, 2014 at 10:44 PM
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Autumn Johnson (Editor) February 25, 2014 at 10:46 PM
@Ray: The information you are concerned about was a press release and Nixle Alert sent out by the police department to ALL Bay Area media outlets and residents who follow Nixle. We posted what they sent as did all other local news outlets. It was not an original Patch story and I have explained that to several of your friends and grandma since it was posted.


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