Missing 16-year-old spotted in Warwick


UPDATED (1/3/2013) -- John Kakos has been LOCATED and is safe, according to his mother, Cheryl.

Cheryl Kakos said she hasn’t slept in days. The search for her son, John Kakos, 16, has stolen her appetite and her time for rest.

Cheryl said John has been missing since approximately 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, when she checked her son’s room to find the window ajar and John and his clothing missing.

Cheryl and John had an argument the night before; he wanted to go out with friends on New Year’s Eve, but Cheryl said he couldn’t – John was grounded for issues he was having at school. The fight escalated, and Cheryl and John decided to cool off and go to bed. It was about 10 p.m. on Monday night.

The next morning, Cheryl went about her business as usual. She walked the dog and did laundry. But it began to seem strange when John, who would normally come down from his room on the second floor to apologize or talk, hadn’t emerged by 2 p.m.

Cheryl asked her daughter if she had seen John, and when she said no, Cheryl began to worry.

“Do you think he jumped from his window?” asked Cheryl’s daughter.

At about 2:30, Cheryl finally went up to John’s room. Some of his clothes were missing, as was his favorite childhood blanket. Cheryl noticed the window was ajar, and knew instantly John must have scaled the A-frame roof to freedom. She noticed that a flagpole attached to the house was broken and there were footprints in the snow, further proof that John had made an escape.

Cheryl questioned her daughters, who said they didn’t know he had run away from home.

“I didn’t think he would be crazy enough to do that,” said Cheryl.

Although John has had problems at school, and Cheryl and her son have their arguments, John has never attempted to run away from home before. Cheryl said she didn’t hear any noises or see any signs of her son leaving the house until Tuesday afternoon when she checked his room.

Cheryl has been in touch with the police, and has posted notices to Facebook, hoping someone will find John safe.

So far, several people have been in touch with John, or have seen him, including Cheryl. Cheryl said she saw her son on Oakland Beach Avenue in Warwick late Tuesday night. When she attempted to approach him in her van, he sprinted away towards West Shore Road. Cheryl said she tried to get out of her car and run after him, but she’s disabled, and he got away. In his haste, John left behind his backpack.

Shortly after her sighting, Cheryl got a phone call from a woman who said she saw John near Post Road. That was the last sighting.

According to Cheryl, when John first left home, he made two phone calls: one to his girlfriend in Coventry at 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning, and another to a friend in Warwick at 4:30 a.m. Cheryl said she has been in touch with both John’s girlfriend and friend, and said they “seem genuine” about not knowing where John is.

Cheryl shares custody of John with John’s father, who sees him on specific weekends. John’s father told Cheryl he does not know where his son is.

Cheryl said she believes her son ran away because he wants more freedom and wishes to live in Warwick, where many of his friends are. Cheryl moved to Warwick with her children from Connecticut seven years ago, but later moved to Coventry, moving John away from his friends.

Cheryl said she texted John recently to ask what it would take to get him to come home. John replied that he wanted a later curfew and the code to their home’s alarm system; requests that Cheryl said can’t be fulfilled. Despite being worried for him, Cheryl said John’s friends have gotten texts from him saying he is warm and safe. Cheryl knows someone is helping him stay fed and warm. 

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