CASCO, Maine — Police are seeking help from the public in the search for a 16-year-old boy who reportedly bolted from the Spurwink House on Tuesday.

Michael Pendexter, 16, last was seen around 2 p.m. walking near the intersection of Routes 121 and 11, where he ran into the woods while being followed by staff members from Spurwink, according to a press release from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department. A search of a wooded area by sheriff’s deputies, Maine State Police and the Maine Warden Service failed to find the boy, though police believe he could have been picked up while hitchhiking toward Portland.

Pendexter last was seen wearing a black sweatshirt, a black bandana, jeans and sneakers. He is approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall, 190 pounds, and has a shaved head.

Spurwink’s Casco Program consists of a school and six residential homes, providing “a safe and highly structured therapeutic environment for adolescents with emotional, behavioral and developmental challenges,” according to the organization’s website.

Because of the severity of the cold weather and Pendexter’s medical problems, police are asking anyone who has had contact with Pendexter to call the Cumberland County Regional Communications Center at 207-893-1988.

Christopher Cousins

Christopher Cousins has worked as a journalist in Maine for more than 15 years and covered state government for numerous media organizations before joining the Bangor Daily News in 2009.