Many still search for Sterling teen missing in woods

Todd Allen (State Police)

STERLING, Conn. (WTNH)– There were no organized searches by state police or Sterling firefighters today but the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is out in the woods again searching for Todd Allen and so are many people who just refuse to give up.

sterling missing teen fb Many still search for Sterling teen missing in woods“We know him personally so he’s in our lives so it’s very hard,” says Erica Rogers.

Her son is engaged to 18 year old Todd Allen’s sister. The missing teen is at her house on many days and he is constantly on all of their minds now. Allen who is known as TJ was last seen Monday when he went for a ride on his red Honda XR100 dirt bike. A friend received a text saying he had fallen off his bike and hurt his leg.

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“It’s very concerning that we’re finding nothing,” says Rogers. “I mean the bike has to be somewhere. A dirt bike just doesn’t disappear. A person just doesn’t always disappear.”

She says this leaves many unanswered questions. Police have been unable to track TJ through his cell phone which is a flip phone. He was last seen wearing a black helmet, camouflage sweatshirt, and jeans.

“Not in TJ’s nature to take off and not come back,” says Rogers. “I mean he would leave on his dirt bike and his parents’ rules were he had to be home by dark and he was home by dark.”

Rogers is helping organize a candlelight vigil at Sterling Town Hall Thursday night at 7:00. She expects hundreds to turn up because so many have turned out to ‘Search for TJ’ which is also a public Facebook page with more than 5,700 members and growing.

“That could be anybody’s son, nephew, neighbor,” says Erin Deojay who has joined the search. “The thought of him being out this long is just terrifying to anybody who is a parent.”sterling missing teen vigil Many still search for Sterling teen missing in woods

TJ’s parents are invited to join the community gathering.

“They’re just mentally exhausted as you can understand,” says Rogers.

Those who come to the vigil are asked to bring their own candles and extra candles if they have them. They can also bring hot beverages to share.

“We want everybody to come down, send good thoughts, vibes, prayers to the family that we really just want to find him,” says Rogers.

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