One year ago today, an Idaho Falls teen left his house and disappeared
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IDAHO FALLS — It’s been exactly one year Tuesday since a teenage boy walked out of his Idaho Falls home and disappeared.
Twelve months later and investigators still have no information about what happened to 16-year-old Matthew Jedediah “Jed” Hall. Jed left his house on Jan. 22, 2018 in a silver 2009 Nissan Versa hatchback with plate number 8B EF732. He had a small duffle bag and a firearm but no bank or credit cards, according to Idaho Falls Police.
“We are still actively looking for Jed Hall. When new leads come in, detectives follow them as far as possible,” Idaho Falls Police Department spokeswoman Jessica Clements told EastIdahoNews.com. “That being said, it has been a while since we received any new information.”
Nearly two weeks after his disappearance, investigators thought Jed might have been camping but there have not been any confirmed reports.
Officers have attempted multiple times to ping Jed’s cell phone, but the phone went inactive Jan. 29, 2018.
Jed’s parents, Amy and Allen Hall, told EastIdahoNews.com last year that they doubted he was camping as he didn’t take the proper gear.
“All the time you are thinking about him – trying to figure it out and find that one clue that’s going to lead you to where he’s at, where he went and who he might be with,” Allen said.
Jed’s parents said he was a straight-A student who helped tutor other kids at school. He loved participating in the Idaho Wing Civil Air Patrol and was working his way through the ranks. His parents did not respond to requests for comment Tuesday.
Officials are asking anyone with information on where Jed may be to call the Idaho Falls Police Department at (208) 529-1200.