VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) — The search continues for a 16-year-old Camas High Student who walked away from school Thursday morning and has not been seen since.
Cole Burbank was last seen on security video at Camas High School around 7:45 a.m. Thursday when he left for a class at Clark College.
It’s normal for Burbank to leave the high school for his advanced classes at Clark College, but no one knows whether he actually arrived there because they don’t take attendance like in high school.
Burbank’s mother told KOIN a barista at the college said she may have seen him Thursday morning, but isn’t 100% sure.
Around 400 volunteers have been out looking for Burbank, driving around Vancouver in areas he may be. Amy Hoffman, a family friend, spearheaded the search effort, splitting people into quadrants of the city in hopes of covering as much ground as possible.
“We really want people to focus on side streets, neighborhoods, parks, areas where there are viewpoints,” Hoffman said.
Detectives say Burbank’s phone pinged on St. Johns Boulevard north of Clark College, but otherwise there are few clues to where he may be.
Hoffman said he may visit bookstores like Powells or the Barnes and Noble at Clackamas Town Center.
“He’s a very sweet, soft spoken kid,” Hoffman told KOIN 6 News. “He is very self-driven and a good student, loves to sing. He’s in choir.”
Hoffman also described him as calm, stable and introverted. She said he has never disappeared from home before, which makes it even more of a mystery that he is missing now.
If he’s aware of the search, Hoffman wants to make sure he isn’t afraid to come back home.
“If he sees this on social media, it could be overwhelming. ‘I decided to take a drive and now all of Vancouver is looking for me,’ don’t let that intimidate you, just come back,” Hoffman said.
Burbank is 5-feet-10, 140 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing dark jeans and a dark sweatshirt or a red plaid shirt. He drives a black Honda Accord with a Washington plate AKW-3441.