Investigators say a Georgia man took his stepson and put him on a bus for California. The teen was spotted by a security guard at the downtown Greyhound bus station.
It was last Tuesday at the downtown bus station that security guard Joe Gonzalez first noticed Mitch Comer, 18, looking like lost and scared 12-year-old. Alarmed by the teen’s frail appearance and the story he told, Gonzalez, a retired police sergeant, notified the LAPD.
“The story we got was that the stepfather took the kid to the bus depot, said ‘Here’s $200, here’s a list of the homeless shelters in Los Angeles, you’re a man now and don’t come back,’” said LAPD Commander Andrew Smith.
The teen told police he had been held captive by his parents, Paul and Sheila Comer, for four years after being taken out of school in the 8th grade. The Comers are now in custody after being arrested at their home in Dallas, an upscale Georgia suburb. They’re facing child abuse and false imprisonment charges, and their two younger daughters were removed from the home.