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WDKX.com » Blog » Family Searches Park for Teen Missing Since Sunday
Aug 14th 2013 6:05 am
Family Searches Park for Teen Missing Since Sunday

A Rochester family believes a teen missing for days may be in harm's way. The search is on for Sterling Williams, 16, who was last seen Sunday.

"By him being gone for two days, something serious got to be wrong," said Williams' mother, Toya Williams.
Looking for her son is like having a nightmare. Williams is praying it will soon be over.

"He would call and say something."

Sterling was last seen Sunday evening leaving his Monica Street home with some younger friends.

"He normally goes just around the neighborhood. He doesn't go too far," said Toya.

Toya says his friends said they were hanging out in an area near the University of Rochester at some point that evening. Family say the group may have gotten into trouble and was being chased away by security when they all got split up at Genesee Valley Park.

"Yes, teenagers do experiment and get into things they don't have any business doing, but he is 16. He's not a runaway kid, great personality, normally respectful," said Yothanna Dickerson, Sterling's godmother.

When everyone returned home but Sterling, his family called police, and by Monday an official missing persons report was filed.

"He could be hurt, he could be in danger. The Rochester Police Department has been kind of slow moving on everything so we are out here trying to get as much information as we can and hopefully we can locate him alive and well," said Dickerson.

Police say they are currently reviewing the case.

Meanwhile, family, friends and a few volunteers have spent the last few two days passing out fliers and combing through the park searching for Sterling.

"I'm hoping for the best, that he's just off hanging out with some other friends and just hasn't returned home," said Michael Brooks, Pathways to Peace Youth intervention specialist.

The family is offering a reward for any information that leads to the whereabouts of Sterling. He was wearing a blue jean vest, khaki shorts and a red and white polo with black and red shoes. He's about 6'1" and his hair is cut short. Anyone with information is encouraged to call 911.

They are looking for any support they could get to help bring their loved one home.