Jay Cross is home.
He was reunited with his family overnight Sunday, after appearing at an Oklahoma City shelter. The 17-year-old boy Luther High School student, described as having Autism, went missing Saturday around 4 pm right before intense thunderstorms moved through the area.
The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s office led the search, and for many hours officers went on and off road with mounted patrols, ATVs and aerial support to find him in the area of Peebly and Britton Roads. Late Sunday, the search was scaled back in the vicinity of Cross’ home, as authorities said their search had been exhaustive.
There were unconfirmed sightings of him in the area of 122nd and I-35, nearly 15 miles away.
Then while in the midst of the second very long night of worry and fear, his family got the word that Jay was found in Oklahoma City!
His mom shared this on social media Monday morning:
Praise the lord, Jay has been found and is now back home safe and sound! We would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. We would especially like to thank the Oklahoma County Sheriffs Office and the surrounding law enforcement agencies for their tireless service. They truly go above and beyond to help. I’m truly humbled and blessed by the amazing love and support we have received from our dear friends, neighbors and family. Shawn and I can’t thank you all enough! Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office and Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Patrol have been truly amazing! Thank you for finding our son and bringing him home safe and sound! Thank you ALL for your support and prayers.
The search for Jay spread widely on social media, and through the area of Eastern Oklahoma County. The Facebook page of Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office was the main source where posts were shared thousands of times. Indeed, The Luther Register’s posts also spread widely. It seemed to be a fine example of a community coming together out of concern and a common goal to bring home a child safely. Using our powers of social media for good.
It’s a good day. Jay is home.