Where is my son? Parents continue monthslong search for man gone missing

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  • Reasonable Person Layton, UT
    Sept. 9, 2012 12:41 p.m.

    Kate, we do not lock up the mentally ill. They are in our streets, your streets.

    There is very little we can do, to find an adult who does not want to be found.
    IF this is Robin Putnam wandering around town accompanied by a woman, he's not alone.
    He also has money.

    If I were the parents, I'd be looking at panhandlers.

  • Kate Hutch Kenmore, WA
    Sept. 9, 2012 9:48 a.m.

    Credibility issues? If the young man is mentally ill, and his parents should know this better than anybody, he needs help. 101 Ways, I hope you never have to find out how difficult it is to have a child with severe mental health issues. Your lack of empathy is stunning.

  • Leesha Kearns, UT
    Sept. 8, 2012 10:43 p.m.

    It is an interesting story, but there are 11 photos to go with it and only 2 of them have a picture of the boy, and those are very clear. The rest are all of the mom talking to people and passing out flyers. What about more and better pictures of him, so someone could recognize him and call in?
    Good going Deseret News.

  • Dennis Harwich, MA
    Sept. 8, 2012 6:05 a.m.

    If he's been seen around town, doing what seem like "normal" behavior my guess is he doesn't want to be seen by his parents. I can only imagine what's waiting for him at home if he's "captured" and taken there. Just thinking out loud.

  • 101Ways Taylorsville, UT
    Sept. 8, 2012 5:14 a.m.

    This story has some credibility issues with me. For one thing if the boy is out and about and getting around he seems to be doing things he wants to do, even getting off the train in SLC may have been an impulsive move to experience his own life and freedoms to choose his own path.

    I can understand parents being concerned and its normal but he is old enough and has presence of mind enough to be allowed to be on his own or he would not have been on the train traveling by himself. That takes a lot of self accountability to be able to function, travel, and survive separately from his parents. I have doubts about any medical condition the parents are trying to establish.

    It's also normal that children leave home and its security to start a new life and I think that is why he was in a school in California and some parents have trouble letting go and imaginations get clouded with irrational emotions.