On behalf of our family I would like to thank peninsula communities that help us in the search of our son, Zackary, who ran away last week.
He has returned to us safe.
The endless terror of the possibility of never seeing him again, was softened by the concern, care, prayers and love we were surrounded with from our wonderful community.
Tips poured in from all over, e-mail chains made the rounds, phone trees were launched and old fashioned leg work begin.
Old friends called and new friends joined the search. Perfect strangers went out of their way to call and offer support and families touched by their own runaways offered encouragement and hope.
Finding our way in the world is a difficult journey, but this community our community serves as a guiding light in all that is special about small towns.
Every tip was appreciated, every person we owe a debt to. We would like to thank Trooper Josh Cook who never gave up on "just" a runaway, Deb and John Clonan and their family, Dori Lynn Anderson, Stan Pitlo, Joseph and Colleen Robertia, Skyview High School Principal Randy Neill and his exceptional staff, Aaron and Charlotte, Jennifer and Skeeter Krieder, Judy Downs, our employers Chevron and The Peninsula Clarion, co-workers who covered for us, businesses who let us paper their doors with flyers, those who offered meals and shoulders to cry on and especially the teens, who despite fear of reprisal from peers came forward and gave us hope he was still here.
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