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    Last night in the dead of night my younger brother packed up his belongings, left a note and disappeared. I dont live at that home so i was notified of it by my mother at around 7am. She was distraught and told me everything. We never ever thought something like this would happen, my brother isnt like just pack up and leave.
    The living situation was getting stressful as they were going to be evicted soon and they had no jobs or source of income. Well he had a job and had just gotten it 2 weeks ago. In the letter he said that he quite it so we couldn't find him.
    We are at a loss of what to do. were really worried and though i may not agree with his decision its his to make..all i want is to be sure hes ok. We contacted some of his friends but none seem to know anything. Hes 18 so we dont know what to do, its not like we can call the police to bring him back.
    What should we do?

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    Re: 18 year old brother left home help!

    Thank you for contacting the National Runaway Switchboard. Your situation sounds extremely scary and frustrating. It sounds like it was a shock to learn your brother left; that must have been hard to hear. You mention the living situation was getting stressful and they were going to be evicted. Do you know if your brother had any plan in mind for what to do after they were evicted? His saying in the letter that he quit his job so you couldn’t find him must have hurt. It sounds likel you really care about your brother and want him to be safe. Is it possible he said he quit his job but really didn’t? You mention your brother is 18. Is he still in school? If so, is it possible to find out if he’s been going to school? It is understandable that you are worried and want to know where your brother is. It seems like contacting his friends can be a good idea, just to see if he does end up checking in with anyone. As you mention it was his decision to leave. Even if he doesn’t want to be found, maybe he’d be willing to leave a message just to let you know he is safe.
    This is a difficult situation since your brother is 18 and it sounds like he left on his own accord. It is still possible that if you have any reason to believe he is missing or unsafe you may still be able to file a missing person’s report with the police. Another resource to try is National Center for Missing Adults at 1-800-690-FIND (3463). They may have some further ideas to offer. You can always call our 24 hour hotline at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) for further assistance.Thank you for contacting the National Runaway Switchboard.

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