On October 17, 15-year-old Lauren Shaefer and 16-year-old student Noah Lewis from Klein Collins High School in Spring, Texas reportedly never got off of the bus. Both children were immediately reported missing. Victoria Shaefer, Lauren’s mother, shared her missing daughter’s picture on Facebook of which went viral within minutes.
After an investigation began, investigators identified Noah Lewis as being the last person Lauren was seen with at school. Each had both gone to all of their classes, but never stayed after school and never returned home from the bus. Authorities immediately began a search for the missing teens accessing any leads they could get. They brought out canines and helicopter patrols to search relevant areas. On the morning of October 18, Lauren’s mother plead in desperation on national television by giving descriptive details of the exact attire she was wearing during the time of her disappearance and any type of clue to aid in the return of her daughter.
Found hiding in woods
Alyssa’s phone was turned off until around 8 a.m. Monday morning when her mother used an app that allowed her to locate that her daughter was not far from Klein Collins High School. After over 24 hours of the two teens missing, they were found safely camping out in the woods near a Stripes gas station by Lauren’s uncle. They were then taken to be reunited with all of their loved ones.
After their return
After their return, Victoria Shaefer posted a Facebook message announcing that her daughter had been found. Shortly after, it was learned that the teens decided to camp in the woods due to being stressed out from school. Alyssa said she appreciated all of the love and support that was received during her disappearance, but she encouraged other teens to never make this type of move as it was not worth it.
In irritation, some authorities made it clear this isn’t a type of joke teens should be playing as the time it took looking for these two teens could have been used in a legitimate case helping others.