A Naperville teen who vanished after heading to school more than a week ago was back home Tuesday afternoon. But Chris Carpenter’s parents, pursuing clues that their son had made his way to the Denver area, remained in the Mile High City, trying to get a flight home. Plenty of questions remained unanswered.
“We know nothing, other than the fact that the Naperville police have him,” Janice Carpenter said shortly after 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. “He came home.”
Reportedly despondent, the Naperville Central High School junior disappeared after he went to school Aug. 22. Carpenter’s parents went to Denver after there were reports that he had used an ATM there last Friday.
It was not immediately clear how he wound up at a fast food restaurant back in Naperville Tuesday afternoon.
“He is here now,” Naperville Police Chief David Dial confirmed at 4:15 p.m. “A citizen who saw who they thought was him called us. It was him.”
His mom wasn’t able to spend much time talking about her son vanishing and turning up again.
“We’re so happy that he’s back, and right now it’s not really good for us to be talking to anybody,” she said.