“A week ago today we were informed that mortal body of our beloved son had been found. The police told us that they were very confident they had found Nathaniel’s body as the clothing matched, but they needed dental records to confirm 100%. The last few days have been agonizing as we hoped and hoped that somehow it wasn’t him, but Thursday the medical examiner called and confirmed that the last shred of hope was lost.
As much as we’ve held out hope the last two months that he might be back with us in this world, we’ve known for a long time this might be the eventual outcome. According to the police they believe he was dead very quickly after he went missing. We have decided to have Nathaniel cremated due to his very fragile state. Since Nathaniel’s been dead so long we aren’t going to try and rush through a formal funeral in the days before Christmas. When the time comes we’ll have a grave side service to dedicate his grave. We plan to wait till spring when the air is warm and the grass is green.
While morning the loss of our son, it has been especially stressful having people who hardly even know us posting terrible things on Facebook or occasionally asking a question which would better be left unsaid. We would ask people not to judge us or Nathaniel, but to simply love this wonderful young man for who he is. Nathaniel is incredibly smart with a quick wit, physically strong, and as many of you have seen in our videos of him a very loving brother and son. Nathaniel had suffered more than his fair share of concussions over the years from just being an energetic boy. There are sufficient articles on the web outlining the long term effects of multiple concussions so I’ll simply state here that the impact of those concussions and the trials of this earth as a teenager were simply too much.”
MO PD case # 14072534 reported on 19 OCT 2014.
Nathaniel’s dad, Greg posted:
“Missouri Deer Hunting
November 3 at 2:44pm ·
Deer Hunters… as you go out into the woods this month, please keep an eye open for Missing – Nathaniel who is 16 years old and an avid hiker who knows how to live off the land and identify edibles. He has been missing for 2 weeks now and we suspect he may be living off the land in some remote wooded area. Thanks much for all your assistance and good luck on the hunt.”
Please note that Nathaniel could be anywhere in Missouri and we need everyone’s help to keep an eye out for him. If you see someone that may be him, please take a photo and note where it was and forward it to the family or here, and I will.