Baltimore County police today asked law officers in the metropolitan area to be on the lookout for a 16-year-old Rosedale boy who has been missing since late Saturday night, when he went out to buy a newspaper.
Police said William David Hall, who has a slight learning disability, left his home in the 1200 block of Hilldale Road near Philadelphia Road shortly before 11 o'clock to walk to the Double-T Inn diner in the 8300 block of Pulaski Highway, less than five minutes from his home.
Police said Hall had about $12 with him.
When the youth failed to return home, his parents and others looked for him without success.
Police at the White Marsh District then were notified and have been conducting a search for the teen-ager since then.
Heavy rains prevented the use of K-9 units to pick up his scent, police said.
Cpl. Thomas Bachur said Hall, a student at a special education school in Allentown, Pa., was a trusting youth and would strike up conversations with strangers.
Bachur said police have found no signs of foul play but there is concern for the youth's safety.
"His parents are almost hysterical," the corporal said.
Bachur said people living along Hall's route to and from the diner and merchants along the way were interviewed but none recalled seeing him Saturday night.
The officer said it wasn't known if Hall actually bought a Sunday Sun at the diner.
Even if he had, Bachur said, he could have gotten one from a vending box and not from a diner cashier.
Bachur said there was no reason to believe Hall left home to be with school mates at Christmas.
"All the other students at the Allentown school have gone to their homes for Christmas," said Bachur.
Police described Hall as white, 5 feet, 9 inches tall, with brown hair and blue eyes. He was wearing dark gray or beige Bugle Boy-brand pants, a black jacket with red designs on the sleeves and tennis shoes.
Anyone seeing him or who knows his whereabouts is asked to call the White Marsh police station at 887-5000.