Search intensifies for missing 16-year-old Dylan Regenold from Gallatin
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) —
The search is intensifying for a missing 16-year-old who is now considered an endangered child.
Friday marks day 29. That's what it's come down to for the Regenolds: counting the days without their 16-year-old Dylan.
“The more time passes, the more the reality that he may either no longer be living or that someone has him against his will,” said Dylan Regenold’s mom Cassara Regenold.
A missed Christmas, missed birthday, and still no answers.
About a month ago, police believe the then 15-year-old mentally-ill Dylan Regenold escaped from the Youth Volunteer Academy in Gallatin by tying some sheets together and climbing out the window in the middle of the night.
“He was treated for emotional and mental health reasons; he was failed by the facility that was supposed to keep him safe,” she said.
Finally, after 27 days, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation listed him as an endangered child, but his mom says he's been endangered since day one.
“He can't help himself, he is not capable of caring for himself. He is still very much a child.”
TBI said those alerts come at the request of local agencies, in this case Gallatin Police, but the family wonders why it took so long.
“It's been hard on all of us, but I can't put words to the pain Cassara and Mark have gone through,” said Dylan’s aunt Alyssa Mooney.
She says the whole family has been doing, quite literally, everything possible.
“We got in the car one day and drove to Kentucky,” she said.
Cassara says they've put up thousands of flyers everywhere, and about 3 weeks ago started a Facebook page, which has since racked up more than 31,000 followers and has a reach of more than 20 million.
But after all the sleepless nights, they're still no closer to finding Dylan.
“And now we're going into a weekend and they have business hours, but having a missing child doesn't. So that's difficult,” his mom said.
If you have information on Dylan's whereabouts, you are urged to call 1-800-TBI-FIND.