TUMWATER, Washington (Isabelle Zehnder reporting) — Friends and family of 19-year-old Adam N. Clifford, who was reported missing Monday, are desperate for answers into his disappearance.
(UPDATE: Adam is safe and has contacted his family. He was in Southern California. The best possible outcome anyone could have hoped for.)
Adam reportedly told his roommate he was going out to deposit his paycheck and would be right back. The Olympian reports he was last seen at about 11 p.m. on Nov. 18, headed to his car at his Tumwater apartment. He reportedly never returned.
Law enforcement confirmed Adam withdrew $200 from the ATM at 3 a.m. the night he vanished. Adam’s stepfather, Troy Heinselman, said Adam’s next withdrawal was last Tuesday in Los Angeles when the account was cleaned out.
He apparently did not have his cellphone with him, and the phone he did have was a pay-as-you-go phone he’d left behind.
Adam is described as 6 feet 5 inches tall and weighing 180 pounds. He has short brown hair and hazel eyes and was last seen wearing a t-shirt, black shorts, and a light jacket. He was presumably driving his 1993 black Honda Accord sedan – license plate No. 890-JNR – the night he vanished. There have been no reports to indicate his vehicle has been found.
According to Adam’s Facebook page he is from Longview, WA and just celebrated his 19thbirthday on Nov. 13.
See pics of Adam in slideshow, left side bar. Have you seen him? If yes, call 360-754-4200 or 911.
Adam’s family is worried sick about him. They don’t know if he deliberately ran away or if he’s the victim of a crime. They already lost their other teenaged son, Adam’s step-brother, Brendon Heinselman, last year in a car accident.
“We just want to make sure he’s safe. It’s not in his character to do this,” Heinselman said.
Family and friends say it is also out of character for Adam to miss much work and be out of touch. He has not returned to his job at the Falls Terrace Restaurant in Tumwater since he went missing last week.
Adam’s Facebook page shows he’s had a rough past couple of years. He apparently moved out shortly after turning 18 after what appears may have been a tumultuous relationship with his stepfather. One of his friends wrote, “… Suks [siq] that your parents are kicking you out, and the option of coming over and helping you beat the s* out of your step dad is still open …”
He talked about joining the US Marine Corp. He made a comment that once his parents signed the paperwork he felt they were distant and had already given him up for dead.
He apparently never went into the Marines, though he had said in Aug. 2010 that he was sworn in and would ship out on June 17.
Adam talked about a time when his step-brother died and that he was asked to spread his ashes – the hardest thing he’s ever done in his life, he said.
In April this year he said he was homeless and living in his car, and made the following comment in August, “I wish I could wake up for just one day and feel ilke I didn’t f* up my entire life.”
The Help Find Adam Clifford Facebook page was created to help share information and offer support for Adam’s family and friends.
The “Please Read” section of the page reads:
A boy is missing, circumstances unknown and the only important thing is finding him and making sure he is safe. If you have seen or know anything please come forward and contact his family. They are hurting, scared and need answers.
Friends and Acquaintances of Adam
At this point in time the family does not know what the circumstances are behind Adam’s disappearance. We are NOT here to judge, if ANYONE knows anything that can give this family answers we beg you to come forward. They just need to know where he is and if he is ok.
If you are reading this please know that all we want is to know that you are ok and where you are. If you left of your own free will, that is ok, please please just let us know that you are alright. If you did not leave of your own free will please know that we are looking for you and we won’t stop!
Thinking of you is easy – I do it every day. Missing you is the heartache that never goes away. by Michael Pryce.
The Facebook page urges people to contact police even if the information they have doesn’t seem important. “Let them decide. Even the smallest tips can heed the biggest results,” the Facebook page reads.
Police are asking you call Tumwater Police Detective Charles Lisa at 360-754-4200 or call 911 if you have any information about his disappearance. Information can also be emailed firstname.lastname@example.org.
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