While this would be any parents nightmare (mine included) thankfully the teen had the ability to care for himself and he turned out to be okay. I’m sure there will be a lot of questions asked to find out why he did it, where and how did he live for the past 2 years. One thing for sure praise goes out to the Sheriffs Dept. for not giving up and for his safe return. Editors note
A Georgia boy who was 15 when he walked out of his high school and disappeared two years ago has been found, and a sheriff says “all indications” are that he’s been “happy and thriving.”
The sheriff says Aubrey Jayce Carroll, now 17, has been living under an alias as a barterer, using only cash to travel the western United States.
Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix said in a Tuesday statement to news outlets that they wanted to arrange a reunion without sending Carroll back into hiding, but their plan was spoiled by a family member who warned Carroll.
The young man then contacted his mother in Griffin, Georgia, but their reunion was on his terms, including whom he spoke with and where he stayed.
According to officials, Carroll was found after the discovery of a Facebook page that seemed to belong to him, but under an assumed name.
They contacted the user and he confirmed that he was Carroll. Officials said that Carroll then contacted his mother and would return home on his terms.
Details are still coming in as to what Carroll has been doing since he dropped off the map.
Dix said that “We sat for quite a bit of time with him and listened to his story. His tale was absolutely amazing. He has seen and done things that make your jaw drop.”
We know that, according to Dix, Carroll spent the majority of his time traveling the west coast and the midwest. He also fell in with an interesting group of people who subsisted via bartering and cash-only transactions.
According to Dix, the group of people Carroll traveled with looked kind of like modern-day hippies. They moved from state to state, using bartering and cash transactions in order to pay for goods and services.
In a world of plastic, the idea of this system working in North America is rare, but not unheard of.
In Portland, Oregon, for example, there is a thriving culture of bartering. People trade work on a field for vegetables; one session in a sensory deprivation tank can be traded for a piece of art.