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Wisconsin Boy, 13, Who Disappeared 1 Month Ago May Be Attempting to Live ‘Off the Grid’: Police

Police in Wisconsin say a teenage boy may be living in the wilderness as a survivalist after disappearing from his family’s home last month.

James Yoblonski, 13, was reported missing on the morning of June 12, according to Sauk County Sheriff Chip Meister.

Family and authorities believe James may be living “off the grid,”said Sauk County Lieutenant Steven Schram, according to The Wisconsin State Journal.

The teen’s father told police that his son “had taken a family vehicle,” which was found by a deputy about an hour after the report was made, the sheriff said. James may also have taken a firearm with him, per the Journal’s report.

"He's a smart kid," James' father Bill Yoblonski told ABC affiliate WKOW. "This is uncalled for, to do something like this and not to talk to anybody about it."

Much of the search has been focused on the area west of Devil's Lake State Park near U.S. Highway 12, according to the Journal.

Crews began searching an area near U.S. Highway 12 and the Sauk Hill after authorities pinged James’ cell phone, Meister said. But the teen still has yet to be found.

During the search, deputies found “property belonging to James” at what the sheriff described as “a makeshift campsite.” Crews have located at least two different campsites that may have been set up by James, according to WKOW.

Authorities believe James “is acting with intention,” Schram said, per the Journal. They also believe James had “two woodland survival manuals” in his possession when he disappeared.

James' father told WKOW that he also bought his son “some off-grid books,” one of which he seemingly took when he disappeared from his Reedsburg home.

"I hope he knows that we love him and we just want him home and safe," he added. "He's not in trouble, I just want him home."

Authorities are exploring “all avenues” as the search continues for James, according to a second statement from Meister, released July 7.

Anyone with information about James’ whereabouts is asked to contact the Sauk County Sheriff's Office at (608) 356-4895.

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by Anonymousreply 266December 2, 2023 11:03 PM

Search Bryan Singer's house.

by Anonymousreply 1July 16, 2023 10:28 PM

Is he hardcore?

by Anonymousreply 2July 16, 2023 10:29 PM

People suck, so, i can't blame him.

by Anonymousreply 3July 16, 2023 10:30 PM

Sounds like somebody read My Side of the Mountain!

by Anonymousreply 4July 16, 2023 10:56 PM

I was wondering when this would show up on here. Devil's Lake is one of the most beautiful parts of the state, but not that far from the Dells.

by Anonymousreply 5July 16, 2023 10:59 PM

Don't eat wild mushrooms, James!

by Anonymousreply 6July 16, 2023 11:05 PM

Probably with his friend Haywood Jablowmi

by Anonymousreply 7July 16, 2023 11:11 PM

13? Without a cellphone?

by Anonymousreply 8July 16, 2023 11:14 PM

Took a Wisconsin Death Trip

by Anonymousreply 9July 16, 2023 11:16 PM

These stories about missing kids make me sad.

by Anonymousreply 10July 16, 2023 11:17 PM

Wisconsin Boy.

by Anonymousreply 11July 16, 2023 11:25 PM

He's not really missing, r10, in the usual sense. This is intentional.

by Anonymousreply 12July 16, 2023 11:27 PM

I tried doing something like this when I ran away from home at 12.

Then I got hungry and came back home.

Kid's got guts if he took the family vehicle, though. I wasn't that bold.

by Anonymousreply 13July 16, 2023 11:57 PM

[quote]Then I got hungry and came back home.

No squirrels around?

by Anonymousreply 14July 16, 2023 11:59 PM

[quote] No squirrels around?


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by Anonymousreply 15July 17, 2023 12:01 AM


by Anonymousreply 16July 17, 2023 12:10 AM

Someone is making that child's normal life a living hell, if he'd rather go live in the woods than live with an abusive parent of school bullies.

If life at home was better than sleeping on the ground and eating raw squirrel or whatever he can steal, then he'd have gone home by now.

by Anonymousreply 17July 17, 2023 12:14 AM


[quote] Someone is making that child's normal life a living hell, if he'd rather go live in the woods than live with an abusive parent of school bullies.

Perhaps R13 can explain why he ran away from home and if his home life was so bad.

by Anonymousreply 18July 17, 2023 12:37 AM

He looks like a young Leo di Caprio. Hope he's ok.

by Anonymousreply 19July 17, 2023 12:41 AM

[quote] James' father told WKOW that he also bought his son “some off-grid books,”

That paid off.

by Anonymousreply 20July 17, 2023 12:45 AM

[quote]Perhaps [R13] can explain why he ran away from home and if his home life was so bad.

r18 *She.

Pregnancy (with little brother) turned my mother into a fucking nightmare.

by Anonymousreply 21July 17, 2023 1:30 AM


by Anonymousreply 22July 17, 2023 1:31 AM

[quote] Tarzan!

Tarzan boy.

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by Anonymousreply 23July 17, 2023 1:38 AM

He looks smug enough to think he can live on his own out there.

by Anonymousreply 24July 17, 2023 1:39 AM

Future Unabomber.

by Anonymousreply 25July 17, 2023 1:40 AM

R21, did she ever go back to “normal” sometime after he was born?

by Anonymousreply 26July 17, 2023 1:43 AM

His family life must not be very good. I fantasized about running away as a kid but never did because I’d miss my mom too much

by Anonymousreply 27July 17, 2023 1:52 AM

I wish my brother would have done this when we were kids.

by Anonymousreply 28July 17, 2023 1:55 AM

I also fantasized about running away as a kid, but I knew damn well I had no place to go.

And there weren't any survivable woods nearby, not that the Wisconsin woods will be survivable come November.

by Anonymousreply 29July 17, 2023 2:00 AM

He definitely must have an abusive home life if he went to this extreme for so long.

by Anonymousreply 30July 17, 2023 2:01 AM

[quote][R21], did she ever go back to “normal” sometime after he was born?

r26 Not really. Her issue was with a bad temper that got dialed up to 100 when pregnant. According to witness reports, she was the same way when pregnant with me. She only "calmed down" as she aged. She's currently just neurotic, now.

by Anonymousreply 31July 17, 2023 2:55 AM

This is a local story. Online commenters have been recently turning away from the "survivalist kid" angle and are pretty sure foul play was involved. I still think the kid is out there. There are a million places to hide out, this area is filled with wooded hills, caves, abandoned mines & farmsteads, Bluffs, outcroppings, hidden valleys. The area he was supposedly in is considered dangerous for hikers. He could have fallen. If the campsites they've been finding are actually his, that's a good sign. I say leave the kid alone though; he's probably trying to escape a shitty home life. I ran away as a teenager too.

by Anonymousreply 32July 17, 2023 3:11 AM

I grew up in this area; in fact, one of my high school friend's family home is in the stretch of land they're searching. This kid will be in some real danger if he's still out there when deer season starts. We couldn't even hang out in the open yard around my friend's house then. Their house was hit several times by stray bullets, and you didn't want to be something moving around through the woods without a blaze jacket.

by Anonymousreply 33July 17, 2023 8:35 AM

The parents probably killed him.

by Anonymousreply 34July 17, 2023 12:06 PM

Yeah, I wouldn't be so quick to admit that i bought the survivalist books if I was the dad.

by Anonymousreply 35July 17, 2023 12:21 PM


by Anonymousreply 36July 17, 2023 6:46 PM

I blame YouTube. There are thousands of military guys making videos of how to survive in the wilderness. They sometimes make me want to quit my job and sell my house, and go live in the mountains.

But there's no DoorDash or UberEats, so I snap out of it, and get back on the hamster wheel.

by Anonymousreply 37July 17, 2023 6:59 PM

I agree that this is EXTREMELY suspicious, and the parents don't appear to be as distraught as they should be. Moreover, a 13-year-old is still a little child in many ways; it isn't normal AT ALL for him to have decided to leave his family home and attempt to survive in the wilderness, without at least trying to maintain a very basic line of communication with someone within the household, or the wider community.

I think that the parents will have to answer lots of intrusive questions from the authorities in the near future, because there is something seriously amiss in this story.

by Anonymousreply 38July 17, 2023 7:11 PM

Exquisite eyebrows!

by Anonymousreply 39July 17, 2023 8:57 PM

Reminds me of a young River Phoenix.

by Anonymousreply 40July 17, 2023 10:37 PM

If he’s alive, future junkie.

by Anonymousreply 41July 17, 2023 10:39 PM

The likeliest scenario is that the kid is dead, and that the campsites in the woods were made by other people living off the grid. And if the kid is dead and in a shallow grave somewhere, or in a deep grave in the back yard, the overwhelming odds are that he was killed by a parent.

And if the kid is alive and in the woods, the overwhelming odds are that he was driven there by an abusive parent.

by Anonymousreply 42July 18, 2023 12:17 AM


I hope the poor little shit is alive.

by Anonymousreply 43July 18, 2023 12:21 AM

[QUOTE]"This is uncalled for, to do something like this and not to talk to anybody about it."

What a bizarre thing for they father to say. He expected the kid to check in before running away?

No 13 year old has the skills, judgment, or stamina to survive alone in the terrain posters have described. Unless the kid's holed up with a friend somewhere, I'm afraid they're going to find skeletal remains, if they ever find him.

by Anonymousreply 44July 18, 2023 12:50 AM

[quote] This is a local story.

What a weird thing to say, r32. What does that even mean? Are you saying that you live in that area?

by Anonymousreply 45July 18, 2023 12:56 AM

R45 the poster was just trying to explain he had local insight.

by Anonymousreply 46July 18, 2023 1:01 AM

Mary Day disappeared at 13 only to reappear 20 years later.

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by Anonymousreply 47July 18, 2023 1:04 AM

R45 is a Redditor-- everything is so WEIRD and CREEPY he can't even think!

by Anonymousreply 48July 18, 2023 1:19 AM

The dad accidentally killed him during a beating and came up with the runaway story for police. Why else would he mention that he bought his son an off-the-grid book and accuse him of taking the family car (which was conveniently abandoned a short time later)?

by Anonymousreply 49July 18, 2023 2:25 AM

The kid is a dead ringer for a young Leo at his age. He looks like he could be a manipulative smart ass or a charming and intelligent young person. And/or a drama queen. Tough call. Either way, I hope he's OK. Kids run away for a reason.

by Anonymousreply 50July 18, 2023 2:47 AM

[Quite] Future Unabomber.

He was a Pollock too.

by Anonymousreply 51July 18, 2023 3:05 AM

[quote]He looks like a young Leo di Caprio.

R19 I think he looks like River Phoenix.

by Anonymousreply 52July 18, 2023 3:11 AM

I lean toward young Leo.

by Anonymousreply 53July 18, 2023 4:26 AM

Who wouldn't? ^^

by Anonymousreply 54July 18, 2023 6:24 AM

Search the cabins!

by Anonymousreply 55July 18, 2023 11:22 AM

[quote]13? Without a cellphone?

I mean, like, crazy, right?

by Anonymousreply 56July 18, 2023 3:52 PM

I have a friend who left home at 14. He lived off the grid/land for years. He’s good looking and super social. He ended up in Australia at one point. He just found people to hang with for afew years then decided to get a job and start having a normal life. However, meth entered the picture which is never good. He got his shit together around 24. He’s 43 now.

by Anonymousreply 57July 18, 2023 4:46 PM

Well, then there's hope, r57!

by Anonymousreply 58July 18, 2023 5:26 PM

I hope the ghost of Julian Sands is looking out for him.

by Anonymousreply 59July 18, 2023 9:26 PM

Maybe someone will post daily weather updates for that area the way that they did for Julian Sands.

by Anonymousreply 60July 18, 2023 11:23 PM

Let's hope not, r60!

by Anonymousreply 61July 19, 2023 12:11 AM

Well, has the dad been arrested yet?

by Anonymousreply 62July 19, 2023 10:26 PM

It's a matter of time, r62.

by Anonymousreply 63July 19, 2023 10:41 PM

Just an update no they have a reward!

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by Anonymousreply 64July 21, 2023 4:46 AM

"I will do anything to get him and bring him home."

Dad still sounds "off" to me. "Get him"?

by Anonymousreply 65July 21, 2023 4:51 AM

[quote] There are thousands of military guys making videos of how to survive in the wilderness

And they are fucking up the environment.

by Anonymousreply 66July 21, 2023 5:01 AM

I think his father killed him. This sounds too made up.

All of this is from his family - which is designed to throw off the rightly-targeted suspicion on the family.

Total bullshit.

by Anonymousreply 67July 21, 2023 5:15 AM

While the constant searches create an upheaval in his life, the elder Yoblonski said "it's not inconvenient if I find him."

Really, thanks Dad glad I'm not inconvenient - hate to take you away from your usual daily routine.

by Anonymousreply 68July 21, 2023 5:22 AM

The dad is saying he believes it's an abduction. Yeah, the kid is mostly dead in the Wisconsin forests

by Anonymousreply 69July 21, 2023 2:01 PM

Mostly dead?

by Anonymousreply 70July 21, 2023 2:03 PM

He dead

by Anonymousreply 71July 21, 2023 2:11 PM

I'm dead. I'm dead.

by Anonymousreply 72July 21, 2023 2:43 PM

I knew someone who lived off the grid in her basement!

by Anonymousreply 73July 21, 2023 3:11 PM

The dad is offering $10K because he knows no one is going to find him, alive.

by Anonymousreply 74July 21, 2023 3:34 PM

I have been following this case since day 1 on Websleuths (ya I know). I became suspicious early on when Dad changed his story about the gun not missing from the home but from his workplace. If my 13 year took off into the woods I would be in the woods in front of the search teams, not doing interviews.

by Anonymousreply 75July 21, 2023 4:06 PM

I'd lose my goddamned mind if my son went missing (sorry) like this. They'd have to tranq me with a rhino dart.

by Anonymousreply 76July 22, 2023 3:03 AM

Yeah even if a little cousin went missing I’d be losing my shit. The dad seems way too calm

by Anonymousreply 77July 22, 2023 3:34 AM

This 13 year old is 5'11 and 120lbs?

by Anonymousreply 78July 22, 2023 5:04 AM

Well, Barron Trump is 6' 7" or whatever at 17. Genetics. It might have made him look more mature than he really is.

Maybe dad didn't want a competitor in the house?

Don't be sure WI state officials aren't looking at him.

by Anonymousreply 79July 22, 2023 7:28 AM

Maybe this apparently grown man started receiving AARP literature and freaked out.

by Anonymousreply 80July 22, 2023 12:17 PM

[quote]This 13 year old is 5'11 and 120lbs?


by Anonymousreply 81July 22, 2023 11:50 PM

R79, yeah, but Barron’s height is extremely unusual.

I’m not saying this kid can’t be extremely tall, either, but a lot of these parents whose kids get lost or whatever have wildly inaccurate perceptions of their kids’ size— because they never paid attention/don’t give a shit about them to begin with.

by Anonymousreply 82July 23, 2023 12:25 AM

When they find him, he'll be 7' and 230 lbs.

by Anonymousreply 83July 24, 2023 10:47 PM

I’m not justifying the dads behavior, but this isn’t a young, small child. I have known of some parents who were very unconcerned when their teens disappeared. I knew a woman who announced “I hope he never comes back!” I never talked to her again after that, so I don’t know if her 16 year old son ever did come back.

by Anonymousreply 84July 25, 2023 12:16 AM

r84 Kids become irritating once they hit preadolescence, yes. But that's still a weird response from a parent.

by Anonymousreply 85July 25, 2023 1:47 AM

I don't know, r84

I have found that Mothers are quicker to sour on children than Fathers. Dad is more likely to kill you and wants to keep you under his thumb (unless you are gay) but Mom resents having given birth to you and would rather you just go away.

by Anonymousreply 86July 25, 2023 12:43 PM

What kind of people do you know, r86?!

by Anonymousreply 87July 25, 2023 5:06 PM

Hmm, what would be worse?

Mother’s “resentment” of me scrolling on my phone all day and playing video games for hours on end when she needed a hand with the groceries or the yard needed mowed, or Dad shooting me in the back of the head as I’m kneeling next to my brother and sister who are screaming in terror and begging for him not to kill us…

Oh that’s easy, Mother’s worse!

by Anonymousreply 88July 25, 2023 5:17 PM

Twisted ones, r87 . Twisted ones.

R88 at least Dad has a passion for what he is doing instead of an icy indifference.

by Anonymousreply 89July 25, 2023 5:30 PM

Please, get up, James Yoblonski,, we love you!

by Anonymousreply 90July 25, 2023 6:51 PM

Yeah, I'm starting to believe dad killed him.

Some of the text in here is weird. "I cancelled our vacations...." Uh, duh.

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by Anonymousreply 91July 25, 2023 6:55 PM

That poor kid, he was really cute in a 1940s farmboy way.

by Anonymousreply 92July 26, 2023 1:41 AM

I’m getting boy in the box vibes from his photo

by Anonymousreply 93July 26, 2023 6:49 AM

Fraus can’t be pedos, r92?

by Anonymousreply 94July 26, 2023 8:02 AM

These two lesbians and their son tried to live off the grid.

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by Anonymousreply 95July 26, 2023 10:47 PM

Three of them died of starvation? Wtf

by Anonymousreply 96July 26, 2023 11:55 PM

Oh, get up, Wisconsin boy, we love you!

by Anonymousreply 97July 27, 2023 12:00 AM

I'll go fetch him in five years when he's 18 and completely feral.

I like a challenge but not a legal one.

by Anonymousreply 98July 27, 2023 12:02 AM

[quote] I'll go fetch him in five years when he's 18 and completely feral.

Long after his expiration date.

by Anonymousreply 99July 27, 2023 12:09 AM

Usually school photos are done in the beginning of the year so this pic is at least 9 months old. Dad doesn't have any more recent pics? That's kind of suspicious in itself. Especially with everyone carrying a camera with them constantly.

by Anonymousreply 100July 27, 2023 12:11 AM

There are zero other photos of this kid.

Reminds me of that one kid who ran away a year or so ago and it seemed like the only photos the family had of him were of him wearing that humiliating tshirt. They found him (then they probably sent him right back to that house).

by Anonymousreply 101July 27, 2023 2:19 AM

I hope the cops are on to these fuckers. Doesn't sound like there's been much movement on the case.

by Anonymousreply 102July 27, 2023 2:22 AM

R102, what was the humiliating t-shirt?

by Anonymousreply 103July 27, 2023 2:41 AM


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by Anonymousreply 104July 27, 2023 5:16 PM

If this kid hasn’t been found yet, he’s dead.

by Anonymousreply 105July 27, 2023 5:21 PM

Thank you, R104.

by Anonymousreply 106July 27, 2023 5:40 PM

You're welcome, r106!

by Anonymousreply 107July 27, 2023 5:47 PM

What if the kid never existed at all?

What if the “dad” was cleaning out an old shed when he ran across an old produce crate with an old-timey painted label of a farmer’s son smiling proudly and holding a bushel of potatoes in a red and white check shirt and overalls, and he just cut and pasted the face from the label onto a generic yearbook photo of a kid in a gray heather tee shirt and called 911 and made the whole thing up to get outpourings of sympathy that may lead to romance. That would also explain the “dad” saying he was 6’ tall and 110 lbs, he was making it up and doesn’t understand the average 13 year old’s proportions.

Look at the image in R91. You can see it probably come straight off an old watermelon crate label, “Billy’s Blue Ribbon Melons!” and it’s that kid, standing there beaming, as in the photo, but holding a prize melon.

by Anonymousreply 108July 28, 2023 7:51 AM

shut up

by Anonymousreply 109July 28, 2023 8:02 AM

My left center back-boob has been itchier than normal. So I know exactly what u talmbout, R108.

by Anonymousreply 110July 28, 2023 9:04 AM

This case reminded me of the missing boy in Indiana at r104. Those parents were sketchy, too. Though we never got the details re his whereabouts when he was missing, it's pretty clear he was holed up at a friend's place and given food. I'm hoping that's the case with this boy. I wonder to what extent the authorities have questioned his friends.

by Anonymousreply 111July 28, 2023 4:11 PM

It is weird that they only have one picture of that kid.

by Anonymousreply 112July 28, 2023 7:06 PM

$10K? That's how much I'm worth?

Start a GoFundMe, you piece of shit.

by Anonymousreply 113July 29, 2023 3:41 PM

I think the dad did something to the boy. The cops apparently do too. Set up the campsite as a "distraction" uhm yeah, you!:

William said the survivalist theory could be true, but also said he thinks someone kidnapped his son and may have set up a camp site to distract investigators.

On Friday, William said he believes police view him as a suspect.


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by Anonymousreply 114July 29, 2023 4:55 PM

Until he's found, he's both dead and alive.

by Anonymousreply 115July 29, 2023 5:08 PM

[quote] Until he's found, he's both dead and alive.

Schrödinger's cat,

by Anonymousreply 116July 29, 2023 5:10 PM

From r114

[Quote] William feels like a suspect because he heard that the sheriff’s office was contacting his distant and estranged relatives, including a daughter currently living in prison.

Man, this guy is looking worse by the minute.

by Anonymousreply 117July 29, 2023 10:13 PM

He should get an attorney to monitor his comments.

by Anonymousreply 118July 30, 2023 2:12 AM

But he has a kitten mousepad!

by Anonymousreply 119July 30, 2023 5:37 AM

And a rubber cleaning glove casually wadded up on the desk by the pen caddy!

by Anonymousreply 120July 30, 2023 5:39 AM

Maybe the kid did run away. Apparently, he did searches on running away to another state.

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by Anonymousreply 121August 3, 2023 8:17 PM

[quote] Apparently, he did searches on running away to another state.

California is a very welcoming state.

by Anonymousreply 122August 3, 2023 8:21 PM

Check Kevin Spacey’s basement!

by Anonymousreply 123August 3, 2023 8:23 PM

Some hunters will probably find his bones.

by Anonymousreply 124August 3, 2023 8:24 PM

Maybe the dad didn't do it, maybe he just 'can't talk good' as my mother puts it (describing herself).

by Anonymousreply 125August 3, 2023 8:26 PM

Speaking of mothers, does he have one? If she exists she's uncharacteristically silent. I haven't read one word from or about her.

Father totally creeps me out. He should be *complaining* if LE *isn't* questioning anyone associated with the family.

by Anonymousreply 126August 3, 2023 9:08 PM

[QUOTE]Apparently, he did searches on running away to another state.

No, r121. He had access to those devices and there's no way to tell who within the household did the searches.

by Anonymousreply 127August 3, 2023 9:13 PM

Teens DO run away and have for decades. Now, when any teen goes missing it’s automatically kidnappping, trafficking or murder in everyone’s head because that’s what the news reports on.

by Anonymousreply 128August 3, 2023 10:18 PM

[quote]Teens DO run away and have for decades.

They usually come home when they get hungry, specially a 13-year-old.

by Anonymousreply 129August 3, 2023 10:36 PM

[quote]Wisconsin Boy, 13, Who Disappeared 1 Month Ago May Be Attempting to Live ‘Off the Grid’

Some people's children.

by Anonymousreply 130August 3, 2023 10:38 PM

The dad took a polygraph test and passed it. The kid is probably in Canada by now.

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by Anonymousreply 131August 4, 2023 6:16 PM

I planned my escape(s) a bit less efficiently than this kid.

For the first, at maybe about age 7, I went into the kitchen and notified my mom that I was running away and would need a fork and a spoon. She gave them to me and said she wanted them back. I agreed. And never got off the property.

For the second, I began hiding food in a seldom-used cupboard that I could reach. My cousins came over, discovered the stash, and ate it.

After that I settled for fantasizing.

by Anonymousreply 132August 4, 2023 6:29 PM

Polygraph tests are bullshit.

by Anonymousreply 133August 4, 2023 6:48 PM

I think if this kid was alive, someone would have spotted him by now.

by Anonymousreply 134August 4, 2023 7:28 PM

I planed to run away to the Morgan Library or the Frick. Inspired by From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. I was meticulous about it and detailed plans. I guess common sense prevailed. Would have been a great experience to have done it, however.

by Anonymousreply 135August 4, 2023 7:36 PM

I loved that book when I was a kid, R135!

Of course, now I wonder if museums had to put up with a spate of runaway children, in the sixties and seventies.

by Anonymousreply 136August 4, 2023 7:41 PM

Once I ran away to meet Barbra! I actually got to visit her mall!

And then I woke up and realized I was gay!

by Anonymousreply 137August 4, 2023 7:43 PM

Now his father thinks he was coerced to run away. Won't post the link because the only one I could find is to Fox News.

by Anonymousreply 138August 10, 2023 8:58 PM

Did the father say who could have coerced his son?

by Anonymousreply 139August 10, 2023 9:07 PM

The dad killed him and knows he's dead.

"Coerced" is just another distraction for the cops.

This dude did a Drew Peterson and probably put that poor kid in a vat of acid so there was no evidence.

by Anonymousreply 140August 10, 2023 9:11 PM

Here's what the article says, r139:

Dad of missing Wisconsin boy, 13, who left home in family van believes he may have been coerced

James Yoblonski, 13, apparently left his Wisconsin home on June 12 in his family's van and possibly with his father's gun

The father of a missing 13-year-old Wisconsin boy said he believes his son drove away from home in a family van — potentially at the request or coercion of another person.

William Yoblonski reported his son, James Yoblonski, missing on June 12 to the Sauk County authorities, saying the 13-year-old fled their Reedsburg home in the family van overnight, possibly with William's handgun.

"It's not like him to do anything like this," Yoblonski, a single father with four children, told Fox News Digital. "I mean, he's never driven my vehicle on the streets or anything. He's moved my van around my shop a couple times. That was it."

Video footage caught James walking out of his home around midnight on June 12 and walking across the street to the family van. He sat inside the van for about an hour before taking off, his dad explained.

Investigators discovered searches on James' electronic devices "about being a minor on an airplane and crossing state lines," his dad said.

James also took his father's cell phone when he left home, which pinged on the western edge of Devil's Lake State Park on June 12, according to the Sauk County Sheriff's Office.

Detectives found a makeshift campsite inside the park that they believe the boy used, but William Yoblonski doesn't think his son spent the night at the camp because search dogs did not pick up his scent in the area.

"I think he left with somebody. I think he sat there and waited for a horn to honk and came out and got in the car with somebody," William explained.

William thinks James met someone online or in person who may have coerced and possibly instructed him on how to leave home. In a Snapchat video posted from William's phone, James apparently said something along the lines of, "'I'm sorry. I don't think I'll be back for school. I don't want to hurt anybody, but I might,'" William said.

He added that the "strange thing" about the video was the angle at which James recorded it in the family van he drove off in during the early morning hours of June 12.

"My cup holders in my van will not hold that cell phone," William said. "Somebody else was with him holding their cell phone" while recording the video of James, he added.

Authorities eventually found the Yoblonskis' family van unattended in Sumpter, Wisconsin — about a 30-minute drive southeast of Reedsburg.

William said he knows he is a suspect in his son's disappearance, but he recently passed a polygraph test from authorities that he said proves otherwise. He added that he is "very upset" with the sheriff's office for a lack of answers. William is also offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to his son's whereabouts.

"I just want my son back. That's why I put up a $10,000 reward. If I could afford to go more than that … but I just don't have that kind of money. Like I said, I'm a single father," he said.

by Anonymousreply 141August 10, 2023 9:25 PM

Is the mother alive, dead, what?

by Anonymousreply 142August 10, 2023 9:28 PM

[quote]"I just want my son back. That's why I put up a $10,000 reward. If I could afford to go more than that … but I just don't have that kind of money. Like I said, I'm a single father," he said.

Can't he start an OnlyFans?

by Anonymousreply 143August 10, 2023 9:32 PM

WFT, I meant GoFundMe, not OnlyFans.****

by Anonymousreply 144August 10, 2023 9:33 PM

Maybe the mom is going through her own "survivalist phase".

by Anonymousreply 145August 10, 2023 9:37 PM

Well, the absent mother is somewhat explained. This is the first I've heard about three other siblings which is a little shocking because it wasn't mentioned in stories posted here. Older or younger siblings? Was he required to be their caretaker on mom's absence and got tired of it all?

Is dad keeping everything on a tight clamp or is it LE?

by Anonymousreply 146August 10, 2023 9:39 PM

What's the mother's story? I missed it. I know there's an adult sister in prison, I didn't read about several other siblings.

But then I've read about this situation here in this thread.

by Anonymousreply 147August 10, 2023 9:43 PM

I don't think anyone knows the mother's story. Is it just bring reported now? Like you, r147 what I know comes from this thread. Are you somewhat local? I hadn't heard about an imprisoned sister.

by Anonymousreply 148August 10, 2023 9:54 PM

Does he know how to make acorn pancakes?

by Anonymousreply 149August 10, 2023 9:56 PM

Only with powdered egg mix and safely boiled or treated water, r149!

by Anonymousreply 150August 10, 2023 10:05 PM

Beaver fever!

by Anonymousreply 151August 10, 2023 10:11 PM

The dad gives an interview. He seems really worried. I mean how is someone suppose to "act" when a child goes missing? He says the state is backed up with cellphone traces and will be a while to get that data back.

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by Anonymousreply 152August 10, 2023 10:39 PM

[QUOTE]I mean how is someone suppose to "act" when a child goes missing?

Like he lost a valuable farmland, duh.

by Anonymousreply 153August 10, 2023 11:09 PM

So where IS the mother?

Because if the dad is a "single father", maybe the kid went back to his mother. Who could, presumably, drive a van and hold a cell phone.

by Anonymousreply 154August 11, 2023 12:38 AM

farmHand, not land at r153. I nearly got autocorrected again despite the cap H. Argh...

by Anonymousreply 155August 11, 2023 12:52 AM


by Anonymousreply 156August 11, 2023 1:48 PM

The story where the sister is mentioned is in the link at R114, R148. I’m not local— never been to Wisconsin. The Great Lakes accent is too much for my tender Texas ears.

R146, how’s the absent mother explained?

by Anonymousreply 157August 11, 2023 1:54 PM

The father admits he’s super strict, so maybe James wanted to get the hell out of Dodge. The daughter being in prison is interesting. Perhaps dealing/using drugs to escape her life.

by Anonymousreply 158August 11, 2023 4:42 PM

I hope this kid is OK. Anything can happen to a 13 yr old that runs off.

by Anonymousreply 159August 11, 2023 5:16 PM

[quote] Anything can happen to a 13 yr old that runs off.


by Anonymousreply 160August 11, 2023 5:23 PM

r4 our sixth (I think?) grade teacher even screened the film

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by Anonymousreply 161August 11, 2023 5:28 PM

r157 - I meant that she was out of the children's lives, not hiding away in the family home and being kept quiet by a man who seems very domineering. That's what I had assumed. I didn't explain myself well.

by Anonymousreply 162August 11, 2023 5:29 PM

According to the ancient prophecies on one website, he'll run into a kind loner who looks 15 years younger than his actual age, and who owns a large, secluded house with a pool, many spare bedrooms, and a massive entertainment system.

by Anonymousreply 163August 11, 2023 6:15 PM

2 months in the woods?! Something is off here. Someone must be providing food and shelter to him or some "accident " befell that kid down on the farm.

by Anonymousreply 164August 11, 2023 10:32 PM

Damn dingo!

by Anonymousreply 165August 11, 2023 10:34 PM

Plus, how convenient that dad's gun is missing as well?! Uh huh. That state park is the most popular one in Wisconsin. Half of Chicago goes up there in these summer months. Someone must've seen that kid by now. All we have is the dad's word. I think he's been killed by a family member and somewhere Bryan Singer is struggling cuz that's another potential suitor that got away!

by Anonymousreply 166August 11, 2023 10:43 PM

I think he's alive and loving the idea that his dad is a suspect. The dad admitted that he's strict.

by Anonymousreply 167August 11, 2023 11:10 PM

Maybe he ran away to Detroit because he wanted to be near the auto in-duss-try

by Anonymousreply 168August 11, 2023 11:15 PM

He’s dead.

by Anonymousreply 169August 11, 2023 11:16 PM

I love that his Dad he’s “not in trouble.” Umm. His dad will be kisses when he comes home lol.

by Anonymousreply 170August 11, 2023 11:28 PM

What, r170?

by Anonymousreply 171August 11, 2023 11:31 PM

I'll have whatever r170 is having!

by Anonymousreply 172August 11, 2023 11:33 PM

[quote] lol

LoL! :)

by Anonymousreply 173August 11, 2023 11:33 PM


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by Anonymousreply 174August 12, 2023 12:08 AM

In reading Websleuths there has been absolutely no mention of mom or other siblings except the jailbird sister. I'm leaning towards James having never been in the woods. Dad's theory is he met somebody at the spot the van was left. Another theory is that dad killed him.

Someone on WS pointed out we are only getting information from one source..Dad.

Somebody mentioned someone would have seen him by now. Assuming that the one image of him is a school picture. It would be almost a year old. If his hair has grown out he would not recognized by people that do not know him.

by Anonymousreply 175August 12, 2023 12:17 AM

His eyes are very recognizable, r175.

by Anonymousreply 176August 12, 2023 12:25 AM

What kind of bugs me is why did the boy take his dad's cell phone and not his own? If I ran away presumably I would take my own phone. I dunno.

by Anonymousreply 177August 12, 2023 12:30 AM

Is that a reference to Th Last of Us R163?

by Anonymousreply 178August 12, 2023 12:45 AM

Seriously, where IS the boy's mother?

by Anonymousreply 179August 12, 2023 2:22 AM


--Concerned mom that witnessed the scummy motherfucker murders

by Anonymousreply 180August 12, 2023 3:07 AM

[quote]Until he's found, he's both dead and alive.

[quote]Schrödinger's cat,

I was thinking more of Richard Simmons

by Anonymousreply 181August 12, 2023 3:19 AM

I have a feeling that Mom has been out of the picture for quite a while. Maybe not dead, but if Sissy is in jail maybe Ma is too? Just a guess.

by Anonymousreply 182August 12, 2023 3:43 AM

Heaven needed another 13-year-old angel.

by Anonymousreply 183August 16, 2023 8:11 PM

A gay angel.

by Anonymousreply 184August 16, 2023 8:23 PM

Did they find him?

by Anonymousreply 185August 16, 2023 8:27 PM

No yet, r185. I doubt he'll be found alive.

by Anonymousreply 186August 16, 2023 8:36 PM

[quote] Maybe he ran away to Detroit because he wanted to be near the auto in-duss-try

His name isn’t Gator Nelson, R168

by Anonymousreply 187August 16, 2023 9:42 PM

Nor the guy who didn’t return home from the gym, or the killer of the woman and her dog in the park.

by Anonymousreply 188August 16, 2023 9:43 PM

R177, about the father's missing phone: that's a mistake a murderer might make under pressure. You can imagine him grabbing what he thought was the son's phone and disposing of it, only to realize later that he'd accidentally disposed of his own phone and kept his son's.

by Anonymousreply 189August 16, 2023 9:48 PM

Over 2 months and no one has seen this kid?


by Anonymousreply 190August 19, 2023 1:47 AM

Have they checked his mommy's basement?

by Anonymousreply 191August 19, 2023 3:03 AM

Maybe the kid and his mother have started a new life in Costa Rica or Uruguay, somewhere the father can't find him.

Because if there's a "strict" asshole father, and the mother is nowhere to be found, there's reasonable odds that the father is abusive, and the mother either ran for her life, or he managed to get full custody to punish her for fleeing from the abuse. I've see that happen, sometimes a family court judge will side with a father who plays the devoted dad who wants full custody, and who tells the court no end of lies about his wife's cheating and drug use, and who will call his wife's flight from abuse "abandonment of her parental responsibilities". Now maybe she's dead, or off OD-ing on fentanyl somewhere or in prison, but well. It's a possibility.

by Anonymousreply 192August 19, 2023 4:11 AM

He’s fine, he sends his love

by Anonymousreply 193September 3, 2023 1:34 AM

Mommy was molesting him.

by Anonymousreply 194September 3, 2023 1:49 AM

No word on this kid? Hopefully, he's alright.

by Anonymousreply 195September 10, 2023 10:46 PM

Dead yet?

by Anonymousreply 196September 10, 2023 10:54 PM

He’s living his best life in the Huron Mountains of Yooper country, with his pet bear 🐻. I could have had that life.

by Anonymousreply 197September 10, 2023 11:04 PM

I guess we will have to wait for the Unsolved Mysteries episode.

by Anonymousreply 198September 10, 2023 11:05 PM

Almost three months.

by Anonymousreply 199September 10, 2023 11:09 PM

I previously thought he would turn up somewhere. I now think he’s dead.

by Anonymousreply 200September 10, 2023 11:32 PM

I hope the boy is alright of course. But three months is a considerable amount of time.

But R4 mentioned "My Side of the Mountain", which is a movie I've been wanting to see for years but I am not giving YouTube a single cent for it. It is an old movie. But I love this old performance by Theodore Bikel, this song is simply gorgeous:

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by Anonymousreply 201September 10, 2023 11:48 PM


Which is more plausible - that a 13 year old boy is living in the wilderness on his own or that someone in his family murdered him?

Sadly, it's the latter that is by far the most plausible explanation. At best, he ran away, then had an accident, died, and animals ate the remains.

by Anonymousreply 202September 10, 2023 11:56 PM

"Which is more plausible - that a 13 year old boy is living in the wilderness on his own or that someone in his family murdered him?"

The third possibility is that he ran off with an adult, hopefully a relative who wanted to get him away from his abusive father, and not a predator.

But you're right, murder is far likelier than either of the other possibilities.

by Anonymousreply 203September 11, 2023 12:33 AM

R201, I kept expecting John Belushi to walk into the scene and smash his guitar against the tree.

by Anonymousreply 204September 11, 2023 2:11 AM

Maybe he’s at Dollywood

by Anonymousreply 205September 11, 2023 2:14 AM

R205 that sounds plausible

by Anonymousreply 206September 11, 2023 3:38 AM

I live in the area and the only time I've seen it mentioned on the news is on the monthly anniversaries of him missing.

by Anonymousreply 207September 11, 2023 4:29 AM

Is there a gay park in this area? Search there. Call it a hunch.

by Anonymousreply 208September 11, 2023 4:34 AM

No there isn't, sorry Rhonda! Disneyland is in your state.

by Anonymousreply 209September 11, 2023 4:43 AM

This kid this thread is about looks like Leonardo DiCaprio.

by Anonymousreply 210September 11, 2023 4:46 AM

Too bad I'm dead, or I could tell you where the kid is.

Fine, he's dead - now make a donation to my church!

by Anonymousreply 211September 11, 2023 5:09 AM

I'm sure that the father is the primary suspect, and the cops are surveilling his every move.

by Anonymousreply 212September 11, 2023 5:17 AM

Oh my, you're funny R211

by Anonymousreply 213September 11, 2023 6:59 AM

This is a heartbreaking story.

by Anonymousreply 214September 11, 2023 8:01 AM

Just the fact that Dad had living off the grid book laying around not buried on some shelf says he was probably a doomsday prepper nut job at the very least. Grown men who think like that are not functioning well in society. It's one thing to watch videos on the interest, it's a whole different ball of wax spending hard earned money on all that gear without a serious intent to use it some day. It's basically and escape plan. My hunch is he murdered the kid, and since he was in so deep to the survivalist fantasies, it made "logical" sense to him that it was a plausible excuse why his son is missing.

by Anonymousreply 215September 11, 2023 8:58 AM

Yes, R215. I used to work with a doomsday prepper. She would spend all kinds of money stockpiling dried goods and canned food as well as supplies preparing for the end of the world. Complete nutcase who insisted everyone else was wrong and she was right.

by Anonymousreply 216September 11, 2023 1:34 PM

This probably happened to that missing boy

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by Anonymousreply 217September 12, 2023 2:47 PM

No news is good news?

by Anonymousreply 218September 28, 2023 2:07 PM

I don't think there's any good news, R218.

Poor kid.

by Anonymousreply 219September 28, 2023 2:12 PM

Four months today.

Never forget Wisconsin Boy!

by Anonymousreply 220October 12, 2023 2:59 PM

When is opening day of deer hunting season?

by Anonymousreply 221October 12, 2023 8:30 PM

Any aging progressing picture, so we can know what he looks like now?

by Anonymousreply 222October 13, 2023 12:54 AM

This thread has been depressing. There are still no answers, and I think the biological father killed him. Gut feeling, Could be wrong.

by Anonymousreply 223October 13, 2023 7:11 AM

I can't believe there wasn't a bigger deal made about it, even locally.

by Anonymousreply 224October 13, 2023 7:13 AM

R33 here. I asked my mom about this recently, and the local gossip is that no one believes the kid was ever out in the woods. Search parties were called off early because of that, and the investigation has been focused outside of the area since then.

There's a chance hunters will turn up something now, but the sentiment is that either the kid was murdered by his dad or ran away or was lured away from home. There's an article linked earlier in the thread that shows some evidence that the kid may have been communicating with someone else just before disappearing. Human trafficking, perhaps?

by Anonymousreply 225October 13, 2023 8:11 AM

You'd think Qanon freaks would boost this story. They'd say it was Gov Evers and that judge eating his organs, but DL is the only place I'm hearing about this poor kid

by Anonymousreply 226October 13, 2023 9:34 AM

Bry needs an update! Right now!!!!!

by Anonymousreply 227October 15, 2023 5:21 AM


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by Anonymousreply 228October 15, 2023 5:36 AM

Honestly, Mr. Yablonski isn't very smart.

All you needed was two simple words, sir: foreign factions.

by Anonymousreply 229October 15, 2023 5:40 AM

Live and let die. The kid wants to live his life a feral urchin, let him. It’ll put hair on his chest. Or leave him rotting in a shallow grave. We all have the right to self determination.

by Anonymousreply 230October 15, 2023 6:07 AM

I hope he just ran off to have an adventure and comes back

by Anonymousreply 231October 15, 2023 7:23 AM

R231 = One of the Bryans - Singer or Fuller!

by Anonymousreply 232October 15, 2023 2:53 PM

Has his creepy dad been silent lately?

by Anonymousreply 233October 16, 2023 1:52 AM

R232 Singer is out looking for him in his Rescue Ice Cream truck.

by Anonymousreply 234October 16, 2023 11:10 PM

How can this be a non-issue to the police?

by Anonymousreply 235October 16, 2023 11:47 PM

[quote]How can this be a non-issue to the police?

Because he doesn't have a vagina.

by Anonymousreply 236October 17, 2023 2:46 PM

He was such a good, delicious boy!

by Anonymousreply 237October 17, 2023 11:15 PM

Ahead of gun deer season in Wisconsin, hunters should look out for Yoblonski evidence.

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by Anonymousreply 238November 3, 2023 12:09 PM


by Anonymousreply 239November 3, 2023 3:26 PM

Most certainly, r239.

by Anonymousreply 240November 3, 2023 3:41 PM

Sad that he's only "worth" 10k. I mean, look at Mary Lou Restroom's GoFundMe.

by Anonymousreply 241November 3, 2023 3:44 PM

[quote]'I just feel that in my heart that he’s alive,' says father of Wisconsin boy missing since June

Sure you do.

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by Anonymousreply 242November 3, 2023 3:48 PM

Pennywise strikes again!

by Anonymousreply 243November 3, 2023 3:49 PM

I'm sure he's just fine.

by Anonymousreply 244November 3, 2023 9:54 PM

He sends his regards, bad dad he ran away from. ….or you killed him.

by Anonymousreply 245November 3, 2023 10:05 PM

R238 Some dumbass deer hunter will shoot him near his tree fort.

by Anonymousreply 246November 4, 2023 10:23 AM

He’s probably been dead from the day he went missing.

by Anonymousreply 247November 4, 2023 11:58 AM

R247 My money is on the father accidentally killing him and panicking.

by Anonymousreply 248November 4, 2023 12:16 PM

If the father killed him, he's getting away with it.

by Anonymousreply 249November 4, 2023 5:14 PM


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by Anonymousreply 250November 18, 2023 3:45 PM

It's like a law of some sort that psychics enter the picture at one point or another with all of these cold cases.

The poor little gay angel, I get sad every time I see this thread bumped.

by Anonymousreply 251November 18, 2023 3:54 PM

He's dead, near some jagged boulders!

by Anonymousreply 252November 18, 2023 5:11 PM

He’s with his real dad Leonardo De Caprio

by Anonymousreply 253November 18, 2023 5:42 PM

Too bad Sylvia Browne is no longer with us only she could solve this case

by Anonymousreply 254November 18, 2023 9:57 PM

R254 Fuck that lying bitch!

by Anonymousreply 255November 19, 2023 12:13 AM

Latest from a local who has posted on here before. These billboards are up in the area now. The guy in the lower section was stabbed to death back 2020 in Devils Lake State Park, same area this kid was supposedly camping this year. This area is gorgeous, but it's an absolutely wild, hilly terrain covered in trees. Getting lost on accident or on purpose, falling off a bluff, someone killing you in a chance encounter in the woods... there's forever to hide in. I love hiking these parks but you have to be careful.

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by Anonymousreply 256November 19, 2023 12:50 AM

253 Leo trots him out to scare off the golddiggers.

by Anonymousreply 257November 19, 2023 1:02 AM

The article in r242 has James recording in the truck by himself and saying some odd things.

[quote] "For everyone who cares about me, it's not their fault. It's no one's fault. It's my fault."

by Anonymousreply 258December 2, 2023 1:55 PM

I am rooting so hard (MARY!) for this kid to be found alive, but...well, it's not looking good at this point. Come on, you off the gridster, do it! Prove everyone wrong. Hope you made it to Mexico because it is going to get a wee bit fucking chilly sooner than later in Wisconsin.

by Anonymousreply 259December 2, 2023 2:03 PM

The guy on the bottom of that billboard is good looking. Are there a lot of hot guys in Wisconsin?

by Anonymousreply 260December 2, 2023 2:07 PM

R260, No.

by Anonymousreply 261December 2, 2023 2:11 PM

All the jot ones are missing, r260!

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by Anonymousreply 263December 2, 2023 2:16 PM

Suicide, no?

by Anonymousreply 264December 2, 2023 6:53 PM

That motherfucker killed him!

by Anonymousreply 265December 2, 2023 10:07 PM

Wisconsin and Minnesota are full of hot guys. Nice Scandi, German, Italian and Polish mutts. A few natives too

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