Missing 17 Year Old Lied About Circumstances, Ran Away

By Maureen Mespell
By John W. Davis
By Peter Ambrose
By Corinne Rose
By Nicole Hahn

June 10, 2011 Updated Jun 13, 2011 at 11:01 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) -- Worried parents and a search party were all for nothing after a missing teenager admits to lying about his circumstances and planned to run away.

On Wednesday, June 8th, the father of 17-year-old Robert Brookens received a call from his son saying that someone was trying to break into the Three Rivers Wesleyan Church as he was inside the building.

Robert, known as Mike, said the intruder was trying to get in with a crowbar.

Mike's father called 911 as he was on the line with his son, thinking his son was talking to the intruder at the time.

When Fort Wayne police arrived at the church, the teen and his 1996 Gold Mazda 626 were gone.

On Thursday, officers with the Allen County Sheriff's Department located Mike's car on the boat ramp at Johnny Appleseed Park at 1600 Coliseum Boulevard in Fort Wayne, with his cell phone inside.

Mike was nowhere to be found.

Police, church and family members searched extensiveley Thursday and passed out hundreds of flyers.

On Thursday evening, dozens of Three Rivers Wesleyan Church members held a prayer vigil for Mike.

During Thursday's search, Mike's father told Indiana's NewsCenter his son was having some personal problems at home but the church pastor had been counseling him on those issues.

At about 1:30am on Friday, officers responded to a call at the Travel Inn Truck Stop on Coliseum and Goshen about a patron that could be the missing teen.

Police arrived and identified the teen as Robert Brookens.

Brookens told police that he had made up the story that he told his father about the incident at the church and was planning on running away from home.

He was returned home.

No charges are expected to be filed.

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