Timothy "Timmy" Mejia, 14, has been missing since 4 p.m. Wednesday, when he was last in contact with his mother Alexis Camacho.
His family and friends say he was at his home in Pine Cove and told his mom he was going running on the Pine Cove control roads. He was last seen wearing black shorts and a blue hoodie sweatshirt.
Camacho posted this information the Idyllwild Community Facebook page: "This is my son. His name is Timothy Michael Mejia. He's about 5'3", 103 pounds. Blue eyes, dirty blonde hair. The last anyone heard from him was when he texted me at 4:32 That he was going running. I'm sure that was a cover story. I got notified by the assistant principal of his school that a close friend of his told him that he had plans to go to a friend's house after school but never made it. If you see him or hear anything, please let me know or Bryan Felix as soon as possible. I'll update however I can. Thank you in advance."
Mejia is a freshman at Hemet High School, but he did not come to school today, as his parents hoped he might.
A Riverside County Sheriff's department search helicopter flew over Pine Cove on Wednesday evening calling for him.
Search teams were on foot until midnight and the sheriff's department used search dogs, according to friends of the family.
The search resumed this morning, with locals, who saw information about the missing boy posted on Facebook, joining the search effort on foot and mountain bike.
3:15 p.m. UPDATE: Sgt. Chris Willson with media information office at Riverside County Sheriff's Department said he spoke to deputies at the Hemet substation and they are still actively looking for Mejia.
"Some of his friends have been in contact with him following him being reported as missing," Willson said. "Nothing suspicious has come up we're handling this as a missing person case," he said. Willson said foul play is not suspected.
3:45 p.m. UPDATE: Willson said Mejia is safe. He said Mejia walked to a friend's house in Hemet and "forgot to tell his parents."
His stepfather Bryan Felix posted this on the Idyllwild Crime Watch Facebook page:
Anyone with information should contact the Riverside County Sheriff's Department at (951) 791-3400.
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Happy to hear the good news that you have been found. Your parents both love you a lot and are so relieved to have you back and safely at home. If you have some issues to work out, include them in your quest to work through these. Your disappearance had taken its toll on them. Please be thoughtful from here on and I am certain that in time you will work it all out together…..
So happy this child is safe.
Suggest we all step back and take a Chill Pill. There is already enough hatred and political divide in the country. Find the lyrics to “Tick Tock” by the Vaughan Brothers and turn it up!
Jeff Smith, you are the worst kind of person. Your name is synonymous with drama and trouble. You have entirely too much time on your hands if this is what you choose to do with your life. If that had been your child, you would have been grateful for the help, but because you were “inconvenienced” you choose to condemn the child and the parents. Children make mistakes. Parents make mistakes. YOU make mistakes. Try being a human and have a little compassion.