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FT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – The father of a missing Plantation teen found out his son was alive and well in Vero Beach Tuesday morning.
“As a parent you’re devastated when your child is not with you particularly after this amount of time. It’s encouraging to know he is safe, that he was visibly healthy but he was hungry and tired,” said Bruce Jorgensen.
His son, 16 -year old Aage Jorgensen has been missing since December 27, 2015. On that day, he had an argument with his father, Bruce Jorgensen, who kicked him out of the car and drove off.
Tuesday, around, 5 a.m., he turned up. Vero Beach Police were called to the Hampton Inn in Vero Beach after a teen was found sleeping in a public bathroom.
“They found him sleeping in a men’s bathroom under the vanity when they unlocked the door, early in the morning. That was yesterday,” said Jorgensen’s attorney Glenn Roderman.
Aage reportedly gave the officers a fake name and date of birth. Police then called the Department of Children and Families (DCF) who took the teen to their juvenile facility in Ft. Pierce. When they arrived he reportedly jumped out of the vehicle and took off on foot.
“When they stopped he got out and ran. Apparently he said ‘Thank you very much, but I have to go,'” said Jorgensen.
A short time later a DCF worker recognized him as the missing teen, by that time — he was already gone.
The hotel desk clerk told him that Aage had been seen at several hotels around Vero Beach recently.
“He was well kept up. He wasn’t like a homeless person. Everything he had on you could tell was new. He had new shoes on,” said Wesley McGowan.
According to Jorgensen, he was told his son has been spotted at several hotels and on public transportation in Vero Beach.
“He put me in touch with the desk clerk from a second Hampton Inn at which my son had apparently spent the night on Saturday and Sunday nights,” said Jorgensen.
He said he is grateful his son had been spotted, but wants him home.
“He’s an intelligent bright boy and he’s very respectful. He’s a very kind child,” said Bruce Jorgensen.
For a brief moment — Bruce was hopeful he’d reunite with his son soon. Now the missing posters are back in hand and he has a simple message.
“I love you son, so much! Be safe and come home,” said Jorgensen.
Aage last attended American Heritage School on December 18th, before winter break. Ten days after he went missing, his father withdrew him from the school, according to an arrest warrant.
Jorgensen, 58, was originally charged with unlawful desertion of a child.Those charges were later dropped.
Police said Aage has run away before for long stretches. They add that he is not in any trouble but would like him to come forward to make sure that he is okay.