Have you seen Jason Vu? The 14-year-old South Phillie Viet teenager (pictured) was last seen on Christmas Eve.
His family is offering a $10,000 reward for information to find him, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer here.
The family is concerned he may have gone off with someone he met on the Internet, and they are making an impassioned plea for information about him, reports KYW 106 Radio here.
Vu’s mother Kim Le says her only hope is that he is with someone who won’t harm him and that he’ll hear her plea:
“If you’re out there and you hear mommy say something, Jason, please come home, Jason, I love you a lot, Jason, please let me know where you are. I’m so worried about you a lot every day.”
His 4-year-old sister was the last to see him. He put her in her room about 8 a.m. Dec. 24, said “Bye,” and shut the door.
Vu left his house at 23rd and Wolf Streets that morning without his cell phone, wallet, or prescription glasses, said his aunt, Michelle Nguyen. He has not been heard from since.
Nguyen said her nephew was quiet and reserved, and had never run away from home. An “A” student at St. Thomas Aquinas School, Vu was looking forward to opening presents on Christmas morning, she said.
“This is not like him at all. He doesn’t know his way around the city,” Nguyen said. “It’s very unlikely that he went away on his own.”
Vu is 5’4″ and was wearing black shorts and a black hooded jacket when he disappeared. He has black hair, brown eyes, and weighs about 140 pounds.
Anyone with information is being asked to call the Citizens Crime Commission’s anonymous tip line at 215-546-8477, South Detectives at 215-686-3013, or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 800-843-5678.