Thanksgiving Monday was a beautiful, warm, fall day, but Barrie's Angelika Crisp could feel the chill of fall coming.
She was outside wrapping her evergreen trees when her 15-year-old son Brandon told her he was leaving.
It was all over what his parents called an addiction to the Xbox game, Call of Duty. He wouldn't sleep at night and his parents, so concerned about the effects it was having, grounded him from his virtual life.
The Grade 10 student at St. Joseph's Catholic High School packed a few basics in his yellow backpack, grabbed his bike and prepared to head out from the family's east-end home.
"I called his bluff. I said, 'take your coat, even though it's warm (today).' He must have listened to me; he went back and got his coat."
Angelika is thankful the quiet teen listened. The weather has since turned cold and a week has passed since the family reported him missing to Barrie Police early on the morning of Oct. 14.