NAVASSA, NC (WWAY) — It’s been nearly a week since a 15-year-old ran away from his therapeutic foster home in Navassa and a day since a Silver Alert was issued for him.
Now Antonio Demetruis Hansley’s mother and caregiver are worried something bad has happened.
“I’m afraid he’s gotten into someone’s car and took off, because they showed him they cared about him, or, you know, they showed him that they could give him money or food,” Tammie Hansley, who lives in Wake Forest, said. “It’s not like my son not to call me. He was my shadow.”
Tammie says her son has been in and out of mental health facilities since he was six suffering from schizophrenia, PTSD and manic depression.
Last week Hansley and another boy staying with caregiver Judy Newkirk in Navassa snuck out through a window and ran away. The other boy returned, but Hansley did not.
“My heart kind of dropped when I walked in and find nobody is in there,” Newkirk said.
Newkirk says she’s worried because Hansley hasn’t had his meds in six days.
“Without his medications, he may not be too friendly,” Newkirk said.
This is not the first time Hansley has run away, but Tammie says her son’s never been gone this long. Without his medicine to keep him calm, Tammie fears the worst.
“That my son is going to be found dead, and not be back home alive, or that he’s going to be abused by somebody that took him,” she said.
Antonio Hansley was last seen six days ago at the Food Lion on Village Road in Leland wearing a red and gray short sleeved t-shirt, dark shorts and black shoes. He is missing his front top teeth.
Tammie says her son has a knife with him and warns anyone who sees him to call 911 immediately.
Anyone with information on where Hansley might be is asked to contact the Navassa Police Department.