Detroit police search for 16-year-old boy

Jerel Johnson Jr. last seen by his father Friday morning, police say


DETROIT – Police are asking for the public's help in finding a teenage boy who was last seen Friday morning.

Jerel Johnson Jr. was last seen by his father at 7:45 a.m. Friday after dropping him off at school in the 13200 block of Conant Street, Detroit police said.

Johnson's father received a text from him later Friday morning, stating that he would be staying after school for an hour to play basketball. Police said when Johnson's father returned to the school to pick him up, his son was nowhere to be found.

This is the first time that Johnson has been reported missing, according to Detroit police.

Johnson is described by police as 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 130 pounds with a slim build, light brown complexion, brown eyes and a black short Afro. Police said he was last seen wearing a black shirt, black jeans, a black coat with fur on the hood, and red and black Nike shoes.

Johnson is in good physical and mental condition, police said.

Anyone who may know Johnson's whereabouts is asked to call the Detroit Police 11th Precinct Detective Unit at 313-596-1140 or 313-596-1616.