Jackson County

Police know missing teen rode bus for 3 days, but a question remains

Dawson Hellar, 17, was reported missing after he left his car at Resurrection Catholic High School in Pascagoula late Friday. He was found in Seattle on Tuesday.
Dawson Hellar, 17, was reported missing after he left his car at Resurrection Catholic High School in Pascagoula late Friday. He was found in Seattle on Tuesday.

A Resurrection Catholic High School junior who went missing Friday may have been found safe, but the question remains: What was the 17-year-old doing 2,700 miles away in Seattle?

Dawson Heller was reported missing Saturday, after leaving his car at the school Friday night. Pascagoula police found a note in the car.

“We got word that Heller may have taken a Greyhound bus to Seattle,” police investigator Chris Meadows said. “And this information turned out to be true.”

The information also answered the question of what Hellar had been doing since going missing. The bus ride to the Emerald City takes about 3½ days.

Meadows said he could not speculate on why Heller went to Seattle.

“I do not know what his intentions were in taking that trip,” he said.

Seattle police detective Mark Jamieson told the Sun Herald that Heller was taken into custody at a bus station.

“We received word from the Pascagoula police that Mr. Heller would be arriving in Seattle by bus,” Jamieson said. “We had police meet him at the bus station where he was picked up, but he was not arrested — we just wanted to make sure that he was safe.”

Jamieson said Heller’s parents were then notified their son had been found.

According to Greyhound.com, a bus ride from the Gulf Coast to Seattle costs $200 to $264.

Meadows said arrangements have been made for Heller to be picked up by family but he did not know if the teen has returned to Mississippi.

He said Heller will not be facing any criminal charges upon his return.

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