A Facebook page was created to help find missing Brookfield teen Henry Manning, who was last seen at in Milford last Friday. The page, which had 234 “likes” as of 11:06 a.m. Thursday, March 15, is calling on the social networking community to get the word out and keep their eyes open.
The page includes pictures of the missing 17-year-old and prayers from friends and worried neighbors hoping he makes it home soon.
“If you think that everyone's overreacting then you need to hush yourself,” a post from the page admin reads. “His Friends and Family need him to be safe. When it comes to someone’s life ‘overreacting’ doesn't apply.”
Manning was at the mall in Milford, where his friend and girlfriend left him around 7 p.m. with the understanding that he would be finding his own ride home. That was the last anyone has reported hearing from him.
“All you have to do is at least share this page and just let people know if you have seen him anywhere or if he said anything about running away,” the admin wrote on the page. “Thank you all.”
According to the family and friends who spoke with Patch, Manning has a history of running away from home, however in the past he has had some form of communication with his family, at least to let them know he is OK.
Manning has never been officially reported missing before according to his mother, Jenan Manning.
“There have been times where Henry hasn’t come home but never where there’s been no trace of him or nobody’s heard from him,” Jenan said in an interview Tuesday.
Jenan also explained that her son has nonverbal learning disorder, a condition that can cause him to misinterpret social cues and be , possibly making him more susceptible to abduction.
Waterbury resident Billy Anderson said he met Manning in 2006 and the two became fast friends, though they haven’t spent much time together since 2010.
“It seems like he has met everyone in CT at least once,” Anderson said in an email. “It would make sense given his personality,” he added, describing Manning as a “very comfy guy to be around… very sociable, very nice as well.”
Whether Manning is a runaway or something more sinister took place, Anderson said he just hopes his friend returns home safely.
“The outgoing ones always seem to have a lot going on inside,” he said, adding that he and Manning never spoke about deeply personal issues. “Nothing like that was ever apparent to me when we talked or hung out, he just seemed like a real happy, positive kid.”
Anyone with information on Manning’s whereabouts is asked to contact the at 203-775-2575.