SCHROON LAKE — Searchers combed the woods around Schroon Lake Airport on Monday for missing teenager Cole Anauo.
His mother, Alexis Anauo, said she had last seen her son Saturday about 7 p.m., riding his bike toward their Davis Road home.
When she returned home at about 9 p.m, she said, the bike was there but Cole was not.
“He rode his bike home, and from that point, we’re not sure if someone picked him up and gave him a ride or if he’s on foot,” she said.
Someone reported seeing Cole at about 11 a.m. Sunday in a green kayak, paddling up the Schroon River, she said via cellphone.
And the 15-year-old’s backpack was found at the airport on Alder Meadow Road, and on Monday, another bag and a tent she said belong to her son were located near their home.
“I’m at a loss,” she said.
LAST SEEN SUNDAY
State Police Troop B Public Information Officer Trooper Jennifer Fleishman said the department believes the teen ran away; his mother thought so, too, at first.
But other scenarios have played out in her mind as the hours passed.
Her son was last seen walking at about 1 p.m. Sunday on Alder Meadow Road in Schroon Lake about 4 or 5 miles from his home, she said.
Maybe a motorist stopped and gave him a ride somewhere, she said.
“(But) someone could have not so innocently picked him up,” she said.
“Like I said to the troopers, what if?”
State Police Troop State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers, State Police and the Schroon Lake Fire Department were engaged in the search, with family and friends rallying to find Cole as well.
Alexis speculated he might be in the woods, which, she noted, he doesn’t know very well.