Authorities join search for a missing Pierce County teenager


GRAHAM, Wash. -- Family, friends and authorities are searching for a missing high school student in Pierce County. Sixteen-year-old Kenny Laase's family says he disappeared sometime Thursday morning.

Late Thursday night the Pierce County Sheriff's Department reported that they think Laase maybe a runaway teenager.

According to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, a neighbor told the boy's family at 1 p.m. that his car had been left on the side of the road idling for four hours.

The car was found on 228th Street East just west of Orting Kapowsin Highway in Graham -- less than 1/3 of a mile from the family's home.

Kenny's cell phone and school work were still inside the car.

Officials said Laase attended morning classes at Graham Kapowsin High School but did not arrive at his 1 p.m. Running Start college class at Pierce College.

"Kenneth Laase has no history of running away, no suicidal issues, and no known drug or alcohol issues.  His disappearance is described as highly unusual and very concerning," said Detective Ed Troyer.

Kenny is 5-foot-10, 135-pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a dark jacket and tan pants.

Anyone with information is asked to call police.

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