AVON — Family, friends, and police are all looking for two Avon teens — Jordan Webb, 16, and Levi “David” Briggs, 15 — who are believed to have left voluntarily early Aug. 25 in Webb’s father’s car.
The vehicle — a 2006 black C350 Mercedes with Indiana license plates numbered 32R14 — has yet to be located. Neither of the boys has a driver’s license.
Susan Webb, Jordan’s mother, issued an impassioned message for the boys.
“We love them more than anything,” she said. “We just want their safe return. I want them to know there’s nothing they can’t come home over.”
David’s parents, Paul and Janice Briggs, said, “We pray for their safety and well-being. We want you back, David, and want to fight side by side for your future and good hope and ask for our friends’ prayers and any information that will help us provide for David and Jordan’s safety, well-being, and safe return.”
Susan Webb, along with Jordan’s sister, Jennifer Hurtubise, said Jordan is a very accomplished hiker and backpacker. They said he left behind a letter saying that he knew his leaving was “bizarre,” but assuring them that he and Briggs planned to settle somewhere for a lengthy period of time.
Janice Briggs says anonymous tipsters have led them to believe that the boys have either gone to Colorado or New York, with a potential pit stop in Tennessee as they met hikers hailing from there on spring break.
“David told one of his closest friends New York, and he’s told that to other people too,” Janice said. “He seemed to have a wonderful attitude. We were getting along very well. We just had our oldest son go away to college and we really wanted to focus on David and his younger brother and spending a lot of time with their lives.”
Both families say that the boys leaving “came out of nowhere.” The boys went to dinner Friday night with Webb’s father, Russell, and had intentions of getting up to have breakfast Saturday morning. When Russell Webb awoke on Saturday, he found the boys missing, along with the Mercedes.
Jordan’s parents say he took backpacking supplies and enough clothes to last for a long time.
David’s mother said he left with little more than the clothes on his back. She said she believes he had a pair of gray designer slim fitting jeans and bluish gray suede Adidas Neo shoes in size 10.5. He generally wears hoop earrings. She added that he took a black Nike book bag with white lettering. He also may be wearing a teal, white, and orange shirt. He has blonde hair and has a camouflage retainer. He left with no identification and is around 5’10” tall.
Janice Briggs said her son is “into” bodybuilding and longboarding and often worked out at Family Fun and Fitness in Avon. David also wears glasses but left them at home and cannot see well without using his contact lenses, which he is believed to have with him.
Jordan is 6’ tall and typically wears an olive green banded watch and Ray-Ban glasses that are hipster styled. He too counts longboarding as a hobby, as well as outdoor adventure activities, video games, and music. He typically wears black high top shoes.
Both boys discarded their cell phones and any social media contact ability before leaving.
Both families believe the boys may be looking to change their identities in some way, potentially visually, and might not hesitate to color their hair or drastically change their appearance.
Hurtubise said her brother excelled in school in a variety of advanced placement courses and is the type of boy who loved to help others out.
“We’re all very close,” she said of her family. “He stayed with me last weekend and seemed totally normal. Nothing seemed to be bothering him. We have a very close relationship. He’s very intelligent and worldly and I think Avon might not be his cup of tea. But we’ve always told him you can’t pick where you go to high school, while you can pick any college you want.”
Family members say Jordan spent time during the summer at a New Mexico wilderness camp called Cottonwood Gulch.
Though David is less experienced at hiking, he did join Jordan on a hike in Corydon earlier this year where they met a group of hikers from Tennessee.
Both families say they have friends across the country. They also said that the boys have the ability to be traveling to both rural and urban areas, and that it’s very likely that the boys are no longer in Indiana.
They’re hoping the boys’ friends at school may have information that would help in locating them.
Anyone with potential information is asked to call 911 or the Avon Police Department at 272-4485. Information may also be shared through the Find Jordan and David Facebook page at facebook/findjordananddavid, on Twitter at @findjordandavid, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additionally, the National Center for Missing or Exploited Children may be contacted by calling 1-800-THE-LOST.