A Graham teen who disappeared Thursday with his car running on the side of the road and his cell phone and schoolwork inside is considered a runaway, investigators said Friday.
Kenneth Colton Laase’s family reported the 16-year-old missing after a neighbor found his 2004 Mitsubishi Montero about 1 p.m. parked and running along 228th Street East just west of Orting Kapowsin Highway East.
That is less than a third of a mile from his home.
The teen made it to his classes Thursday morning at Graham Kapowsin High but did not attend his 1 p.m. Running Start college course.
Sheriff’s detectives initially believed Laase might be in danger and asked the public to be on the lookout for him.
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