Mother pleads for son to come out of hiding after father allegedly abandons him
Aage Jorgensen, 16, last seen Dec. 18 at American Heritage School in Plantation
PLANTATION, Fla. – A mother is pleading for her teenage son to notify authorities about his whereabouts, after his father allegedly abandoned him in Plantation.
"Aage, this is Mommy. Please be good and don't hide. If you're still there then call the police, the FBI. Those people there are helping you so don't be afraid," Nestralda Jorgensen said in a video released by police Tuesday. "Please don't hide. Be good and come out and go to them so they can help you come to Palau please."
Aage Jorgensen, 16, was last seen Dec. 18 at American Heritage School in Plantation.
Police said they were not notified about the boy's disappearance by security in his complex, Hawk's Landing, until Jan. 9, when his father, Bruce Jorgensen, 58, dropped off fliers 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.
He was arrested Jan. 26 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 child desertion 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.
In the tearful video, Aage's mother said that she hasn't seen her son since he was a baby, but would like to be reunited with him in her native country of Palau.
"It's been so long. I love you. I really long to see you. I haven't seen you since you were a baby. Please, Aage, come. I'm sorry. The law is taking care of us," Nestralda Jorgensen said. "I'm sorry. I never had a chance or any power within me to look for you, but right now everyone is helping … Please don't hide."
Anyone with information about Aage's whereabouts is asked to call police.
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