FBI joins search for Prince William County teen missing since early May

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PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. – When Palmer Marsh, 16, left home Wednesday May 2 around 4:30 p.m. he told his mother he would be back to put away the goats and tend to the alpacas.

When that didn’t happen she grew worried and called the Prince William County Police Department for help.

In her mind, something was wrong.

Two weeks later she still has that feeling.

Missing person flyers are now circulating with information about what Palmer was wearing, how tall he is and where he was last seen walking along Burwell Road, near Gainesville between Highways 28 and 29.

Susan Marsh is hoping that information will help someone remember seeing Palmer that day or after.

“This is not like him and, as the local police said, he doesn’t fit the profile of a runaway,” said Marsh. “He’s got a good home.”

Despite Marsh’s belief in her son, Palmer was classified as voluntarily missing by the police department. It’s taken some time but investigators are now doing a thorough search for Palmer through cell phone records.

Marsh is also hoping more attention to the case will lead to a coordinated search of her property and surrounding areas.

The Prince William County Police Department searching for Palmer Marsh.

She's also asking neighbors to check their outbuildings and empty properties on their land for any signs that Palmer may have gone there in need of shelter or help if he were attacked by a wild animal, got hurt or worse.

"Please look in your backyard in your sheds, in your fields-- we’re a large farming community but you just never know if someone is hurt back there," said Marsh.

Palmer is Hispanic, 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weighs 130 pounds. Palmer was last seen wearing blue jeans, a khaki shirt and cream-colored work boots.

If you have any information that could help locate Palmer Marsh please contact the Prince William County Police Department at (703) 792-5111 or call 911.

Palmer Marsh missing since May 2, 2017.

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