Teen-age runaway missing since Aug.

Posted: Thursday, November 01, 2001

A dispute over house rules apparently prompted a local teen-age boy to run away from his Douglas home more than two months ago. The missing boy is James J. Osborne, 16, described as 5-foot 6-inches tall and about 130 pounds.

"The last time I saw him was Aug. 24 at my home" in Douglas, said his aunt and legal guardian, Janice Bennett. "He did not wish to deal with the rules I had, or to go to the therapy that I wanted him to. I am doing everything that I can to find him."

Osborne combs his dark hair back from his forehead. He generally dresses in black including black or blue baggy jeans and a black hooded sweatshirt. He favors high-topped black tennis shoes.

Bennett has been guardian to Osborne and his younger brother, Jeffrey, 14, for six years. She has filed a missing person report with the Juneau Police Department. She has shown Osborne's picture to security guards at local malls, and is printing a poster that she will show to cab drivers and bus drivers this coming weekend.

Osborne has run away before, Bennett said, but has never been missing this long. He returned to Juneau on Aug. 6 after spending nine months at Cinnamon Hills, a substance abuse treatment center in Utah.

"We have (Osborne) on our watch bulletin," said Lt. Ron Forneris of the Juneau Police Department. "We got the (missing person) report Sept. 8, and he was apparently seen at the airport on Sept. 27 but ran away before we could contact him. The patrol unit is on the lookout for him."

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of James Osborne should call Bennett at 364-2626 or the police at 586-0600.


Ann Chandonnet can be reached at achandonnet@juneauempire.com.

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