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Plantation police search for missing teen; father accused of abandonment

Bruce Jorgensen, 58, arrested while boarding one-way flight to New Zealand

PLANTATION, Fla. – Plantation police are searching for a missing 16-year-old boy whose father is accused of abandoning him.

Aage Jorgensen was last seen Dec. 18 at American Heritage School in Plantation.

Police said they were not notified about the boy's disappearance by Hawk's Landing security until Jan. 9, when his father, Bruce Jorgensen, 58, dropped off flyers at the community in an attempt to find his son.

Detectives said Jorgensen was uncooperative with authorities and said that he did not wish to file an official police report.

According to detectives, the father later claimed that he had kicked his son out of his car Dec. 27, when Aage was being rude.

Jorgensen said the incident occurred somewhere on Northwest 136th Avenue, and he had not seen his son since.

Police said Jorgensen was contacted by detectives Jan. 14 and told them that his son was still missing, but he did not want to file a missing person's report.

Jorgensen was arrested Tuesday at Miami International Airport with the help of the FBI and Miami-Dade police after he purchased a one-way ticket to New Zealand.

He faces an unlawful desertion of a child charge.

Detectives said foul play is not suspected in Aage's disappearance. Authorities said they want to reassure Aage that he is not in any trouble with authorities, but they want to make sure he is safe.


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