Updated: July 07, 2020 11:20 PM
Created: July 07, 2020 03:45 PM
LAKE GEORGE - A Greene County family is asking for help after their teenage son went missing in Lake George this weekend.
Jonathan Tedford, 16, was last seen in the area of Million Dollar Beach (Lake George Beach) around 6 p.m. Sunday. His mothers are hoping by getting his picture out, someone will recognize him and help bring him home.
"I need to know, we need to know that he's safe,” Lori Tedford said.
Lori and her wife, Sharon Tedford, said their son was on a trip with LaSalle School of Albany, where he is a student.
They told NewsChannel 13 Jonathan took off after a school official told him to change out of his bathing suit.
A spokesperson for LaSalle said Jonathan's guardians and authorities in Warren, Albany and Greene Counties were notified of the situation within an hour.
However, the spokesperson said the school isn't a detention center, so they don't restrict anyone from coming or going, on campus or on an excursion.
That has given Sharon and Lori pause.
"He's exploring independence way too soon and so not in the right way,” Lori said. “We just want him to come back."
This isn't the first time Jonathan has gotten away from administrators with LaSalle. The Tedfords said on two separate occasions he walked from campus in Albany to Niskayuna and Altamont and back.
The Tedfords said in those instances, Jonathan was only gone for one day. But it's already been over 48 hours since he was last seen, and he doesn't have a phone, money, additional clothes or his medication.
That’s why they're asking anyone who may have been in the Lake George area over the past few days for help.
"That's our biggest hope right now that somebody will see him and encourage him to call or maybe they'll call and say he's over there,” Sharon said.
The Tedfords said Jonathan is about 6 feet tall with strawberry blonde hair and fair skin. He was reportedly last seen wearing a white tee shirt and black shorts and sneakers.
Lori and Sharon wanted to share a message with Jonathan as well:
"We want you safe,” Lori said. “If something is going on that is causing you problems, you can talk to us you can talk to DSS, you can reach out to your attorney. Please come back."
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Warren County Sheriff’s Office at (518) 743-2518.
Stay tuned to NewsChannel 13 for updates on this story.
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