HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — It was a tense, sleepless night for a Hartford family. 11 year-old Jeremy White didn’t come back to his New Britain Avenue home on time, and his Grandmother said that is not in character for him.
“So we know that something has happened because this is not Jeremy,” said Antonia Baker.
She said that around 9:00 Wednesday night, Jeremy had been riding his bicycle with some friends and cousins around the neighborhood. Baker said those friends and cousins came back to the house without Jeremy, and with a story about a suspicious van.
“The cousins came back saying that this van was chasing them down and they looked back and they didn’t see Jeremy no more,” said Baker.
The family called police, who issued a silver alert. Around midnight, the family says they got word from police that they had found Jeremy’s bicycle in Thomas Hyland Park, more than a half mile down New Britain Avenue. However there was still no sign of Jeremy until about 8:30 in the morning. That’s when he turned up, scratched and dirty, at a cousin’s house. His Grandmother says Jeremy has no recollection how he got there.
“He was blacked out and he was dropped off somewhere,” said Antonia Baker. “He made it to his cousin’s house and from there his cousins brought him to his dad.”
The family immediately took him to the hospital to get checked out. Detectives spoke to him there, also, to decide whether they need to further investigate what happened to him.