According to reports by the Shira Schoenberg for massslive.com many Volunteers from the Jewish community fanned out across the Boston area on Wednesday morning to search for missing teenager Caleb Jacoby.
The coordinated search effort began at Maimonides School, the Jewish day school where Jacoby is an 11th grader. Ellen Pulda, a school spokeswoman, said volunteers planned to search the areas around Boston, Brookline and nearby train stations.
“The support from the community is outstanding,” Pulda said. “People from near and far offered to help.”
Jacoby, 16, is the son of Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby and his wife Laura. Caleb Jacoby was last seen at 12:30 p.m. on Monday.
Brookline Police Captain Thomas Keaveney said Wednesday morning that the police had no reason to believe there was any foul play. “We’re leaning more toward a runaway, but we can’t be sure,” Keaveney said. Keaveney said the police were continuing to search for him.
Some of the volunteers at the search knew the family; others were simply part of the local Jewish community. “He’s a good boy. He’s not just a boy that would run away from home,” said Yishai Admanit, who knows the Jacoby family from the Young Israel of Brookline, a local synagogue. “It’s not a reasonable option.”
Admanit described Caleb Jacoby as “a quiet boy” and a “good boy.”
Sharon resident Lisa Michael does not know the Jacobys, but her children attend Maimonides School. “If it was my kid, I’d want people to come out for mine,” Michael said. “We’re all part of a community.”
Michael Goldman’s son is a classmate of Caleb’s younger brother. Goldman said he came to the search to do whatever he can to help the family. “I have two 17-year-old twins. I can relate to the pain they must be going through,” Goldman said.
Jerry Halpern, a teacher at Maimonides, was arriving at the school as the search was beginning. Halpern taught Caleb two years ago. “He’s a lovely guy. We’re all very upset. We hope it has a good ending,” Halpern said.
Jeff Jacoby tweeted early Wednesday, “We are so deeply, deeply grateful for everything being done to reunite us with our beloved son Caleb.”
The Brookline police said the teenager was last seen wearing navy chino pants or jeans, a navy polo shirt, a brown winter jacket with a hood, brown shoes or sneakers, and white socks. He frequents public libraries and the Young Israel of Brookline on Green Street.
Anyone who sees Jacoby should contact the Brookline police at 617-730-2222.
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