Petaluma Boy Missing

Parents believe he is en route to New York City to meet someone he met online

A 15-year-old Petaluma boy is missing and is believed to have run away to meet an older man he befriended on a social networking site.

Justin Franz, a sophomore at Casa Grande was reported missing Monday morning after his parents found a note on his bed.

“As you know, I’m gone and you’ll probably never find me,” it said. It also told the parents to turn on a graphing calculator and when they did, they saw a programmed message. I LOVE YOU MOM, it read.

Luckily, Justin left behind his phone, where his parents, Roland and Nanette Franz, found an extensive chat history between the teen and a 41-year-old man living in Pennsylvania on an iPhone messenger app called Kik.

“This man is a predator and told him everything that he wants to hear including ‘I Love You,’” said Justin’s father Roland Franz. He added that the family is very vigilant about Justin’s use of social media, know his Facebook password and typically take away his computer and phone at night.

On Justin’s laptop, the Franzes also found Internet history that includes bus and Amtrak schedules and believe their son is headed to New York City.

Justin is a top student at Casa, a volunteer at St. James Church and various community organizations. He also plays in a band.

“He is very, very involved,” said his father, Roland Franz. “There is no way, no reason for him to do this.”

Justin Franz is the second Petaluma teen to go missing this week. On Tuesday, Rubi Cruz Mendoza, also a Casa student, was located after being missing for almost a week. It's still not clear whether Mendoza left willingly with her godfather or was abducted.

Concerned Citizen October 26, 2012 at 08:45 PM
What you are attempting is justify is called PEDOPHILIA. You need some help, because in the "constructs of our U.S. society" we have laws in place that the people of this country have voted for, and support. Either that, or you're simply a Internet Troll having fun at the expense of this unfortunate experience.
Concerned Citizen October 26, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Good lord. NOBODY is saying being GAY is wrong. It's a 41 year old with a 15 year old that's WRONG.
AyurvedicMama October 26, 2012 at 11:15 PM
You are SICK! SICK! SICK! I am tired of pro-pedophilia comments.
Concerned Citizen October 27, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Kids under 12? So 13 is OK. You know how absolutely stupid you sound...right? Stop the Trolling.
Concerned Citizen October 27, 2012 at 03:13 AM
Freedom? Your comments are laughable, because they reflect such a poor understanding of the subject matter. Show us where the issue of this bright young boy being Gay is the issue regarding poster's responses? Prove to us it's the boy's father who is to blame! Many young boys fear "coming out of the closet", because they aren't sure how they will be "accepted" in society, let alone the home....but if you don't talk to your parents, how are they supposed to know? How many Teenagers fail to talk to their parents about drugs, sex, relationships out of their own manifested fears? But a 41 year old man convincing a 15 y/o boy to travel across country is nothing short of ugly. That man is NOT Justin's parents. He's not responsible for Justin. That he would exploit Justin's feelings in that way speaks volumes regarding the true intent of why he lured a young boy to the East Coast. Gay is NOT the issue here. Running away because a 41 year old man promises "love" to a 15 y/o is.


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