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April 11, 2013
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17-year-old Nevada County student missing since Monday

Heart-wrenched family and friends continue to search for a missing 17-year-old Nevada Union High School student who reportedly ran away from home Monday.

Jason Murray is reported to be 5 feet, 11 inches and 182 pounds with brown hair and green eyes, his mother, Teresa Murray said.

“He’s been going through an emotional crisis and he’s been acting out,” Teresa Murray said.

A missing person’s report was filed to Nevada County Sheriff’s Office as of Tuesday according to Shelly Netherby, record supervisor for Nevada County Sheriff’s Office.

Jason Murray was entered into the missing person’s system and was still considered a runaway, said Cpt. Jeff Powell of Nevada County Sheriff’s Office.

“I was told there were no suspicious circumstances,” he said.

Teresa Murray and Jennifer Allen, her close friend and the mother of Jason Murray’s childhood friend, thinks someone may be harboring him.

Jason Murray is a prominent athlete on the Nevada Union football team, beloved by many, said Teresa Murray, and his football coach, Dave Humphers, who has known Jason Murray for eight or nine years.

“Jason, please know that you are loved and please come home,” Humphers said.

“He’s a wonderful young man to know and I just really enjoy my relationship with him, admire his work ethic and I want him to come home and get back on track with his life.”

Teresa Murray said she received a call from someone she has never met who offered support.

“I got a phone call last night from someone who said he’s going to pray for him,” Teresa Murray said.

“I don’t even know the person. That’s how many people Jason has touched.”

Regardless of where or what he is doing, everyone just wants to know he is safe, Teresa Murray said. “I just want my baby home,” Teresa Murray said.

“We just want to hug him and know that he’s OK.”

If you have any information or have seen Jason Murray, contact Nevada County Sheriff’s Office at 530-265-7880 or Teresa Murray at 530-263-2363.

To contact Staff Writer Jennifer Terman, email jterman@theunion.com or call 530-477-4230.


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The Union Updated Apr 11, 2013 11:08PM Published Apr 12, 2013 02:10PM Copyright 2013 The Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.