SALEM, Ore. -- A North Salem High School freshman has been missing since Tuesday and was last seen boarding a Cherriots bus on Wednesday.
James Greeninger, 14, was last seen by his mother while leaving for North Salem High School on Tuesday, where he is a freshman.
On Wednesday, Greeninger was seen boarding a Cherriots bus on South Commercial with an unidentified man who looked to be in his 50s and wearing a cap, said his mother, Jude Laitinen.
“If someone tries to approach him, he might get scared and bolt,” Laitinen said. “When he’s scared he runs. But when he runs, he hasn’t run where he didn’t run it off and come home.”
Greeninger has a cognitive disorder, and Laitinen said he might have been afraid or overwhelmed with the transition to high school.
In middle school, Greeninger was in a 12-person life skills program, where he received one-on-one instructional assistance. Now as a freshman, he takes eight classes a day in larger classes and only receives half-time one-on-one sessions.
“This is day two and this is different,” Greeninger said. “Something is wrong.”
Laitinen first called her son’s cellphone Tuesday afternoon 30times, but believed it to be dead. She then filed a report with Salem police around 6 p.m.
She believes he also has an iPad with him, which he uses for education purposes, but said it might be dead as well.
Greeninger is described as being 5-feet-6-inches and 95 pounds. He has brown eyes, brown hair and was last seen wearing a black zip-up athletic hoodie, medium wash jeans, old grey Adidas and a khaki backpack.
To visit the post Laitinen shared on Facebook, visit: https://www.facebook.com/jude.laitinen/posts/1336371976382258?pnref=story
If you have any information, contact Salem Police Department at 503-588-6123