UPDATE: Missing Mentally Ill Teen Found Safe
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has issued a missing person alert for a New Brighton teenager who his family says has mental health issues and is without his medication.
"As a mother, yes, it's terrifying and it's devastating to not know where your child is," said Janet Rodriguez-Ricci, the mother of 16-year-old Will Ricci.
Ricci discovered her son missing early Friday morning when she found his bedroom window wide open. He had made his bed "perfectly," his mother said, and the room was clean. The teen had apparently taken a pair of boots, a brown Columbia jacket and little else.
"Will is treated for an Anxiety Panic Disorder and he is without his medication," his mother said. "And we don't know if there was a silent storm brewing inside of him."
Ricci insists "there were no clues" that would have foreshadowed a disappearance: Will had not had mood swings, no changes at school, and no major arguments that could have altered his outlook.
"We are very worried. We are not expecting a good outcome at this point," Rodriguez-Ricci said during a Christmas Day interview at the family's home.
UPDATE: Teen has been found safe.