Missing Petaluma teen may have taken bus to San Francisco
Published: Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 6:48 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 6:48 p.m.
The father of a Petaluma teenager missing since Monday believes Justin Franz took a bus to San Francisco early Monday morning.
The Casa Grande High School sophomore hasn't been seen since he went to bed Sunday night. He is believed to have made plans to travel to New York to meet a Pennsylvania man he met online.
FBI investigators are involved in the case.
Roland Franz said he got word that a Golden Gate Transit driver is "99.9 percent sure" that he picked up Justin Franz early Monday and dropped him on Battery Street between Bush and Pine streets in San Francisco at about 7 a.m.
"We have been following leads until 4 a.m." Roland Franz said.
Justin Franz is a gifted pianist and active volunteer with a 4.3 grade-point average, according to his dad.
He is described as about 5-foot-11 and 140 pounds with light brown hair in a crew cut.
Golden Gate Transit officials have issued two bulletins to drivers in their Santa Rosa, Novato, San Rafael and San Francisco stations, according to Mary Currie, spokeswoman for the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District, which runs the Golden Gate Transit bus system.
Roland Franz credited his wife, Nanette, with uncovering leads to their son's plans to travel east. The boy left his computer and cellphone at home, but both were locked with passwords.
"My wife did some incredible detective work," Roland Franz said. "God is certainly following us right now."
His son, he said, "is highly looked upon by all of his peers and his family and all the different kids he tutors."
Anyone with information about the case can call Petaluma police at 778-4372.
Staff Writer Kerry Benefield writes an education blog at extracredit.blogs.pressdemocrat.com. You can reach her at 526-8671, firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @benefield.
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