14-year-old school boy disappeared about a week ago – his body has just been found

A 14-year-old freshman at his high school in Maine and well-liked throughout the community ventured out of his house one day and never came back.

His family hoped against hope for his safe return, but unfortunately, things didn’t progress that way…

Theo Ferrera, 14, was adored by his friends and family. He lived in Freeport, Maine, and was a student at the local school, Freeport High School.

Theo was adored by his family and friends, that is, his mother, who adored his little son. The young man was loved by his entire community and was incredibly social. Normally, everything in the family’s life was perfect until the day Theo disappeared.

Theo’s concerned mother, Mia Kulla Ferrara, informed authorities that her young son was missing. On September 22, 2022, the teenager left the house with his blue backpack but never returned. His worried mother immediately alerted the authorities and also turned to Facebook to implore his friends and family for help.

She wrote: “Our son went missing today and was last seen at 4:30pm. on Flying Point Road in Freeport heading towards Brunswick.” She followed this up with a brief physical description of her child and what she had been wearing and carrying, and asked anyone with information to come forward.

While she was doing her part, Freeport and Brunswick police and several other local authorities also began searching for the boy.

His mother hoped that with all the effort she was making for him, his young son would come home safe and sound. She thanked everyone for volunteering their time and effort to search for her son, writing, “We love Theo so much and just need him home safe.”

Five days after the young teenager was first reported missing, the search got its first big break. A Navy patrol plane found a body near Bunganuc Point and authorities immediately rushed to the scene to investigate further.

“The body was recovered and taken to the Maine Medical Examiner’s Office, where it was identified as Ferrara,” the Freeport Maine Police Department said in a statement. The news devastated the Ferrara family who were beside themselves with grief.

Authorities thanked everyone who volunteered their time and effort to search for Theo Ferrara and asked everyone to give the family time and space to grieve.

Superintendent Jean Skorapa of Regional School Unit 5 also made a statement regarding Theo’s death. The statement read: “It is with a heavy heart that I write this letter to inform you that this afternoon, Theo Ferrara was found dead.” Superintendent Skorapa also urged parents to talk to their children about the incident and answer any questions they may have, noting additional counseling resources the school will provide.

The community was shocked by the news of young Theo’s death. Many people prayed to find the young man safe. As authorities investigated his cause of death, they also sympathized with people who were understandably upset about the whole thing. Freeport Police Chief Nate Goodman told reporters: “We are all human. We all feel it.”

The Freeport High School that Theo attended also set up counselors for students to speak out after learning of Theo’s death, as incidents like these can really affect young minds.

After the news of the found body was confirmed to be Theo’s and the information reached the school, the atmosphere of the school visibly changed.

Adian Morley, a 17-year-old student at Freeport High School, said: “It’s depressing. Everyone is crying as they leave school.”

Social workers from the school district arrived soon after, and the school cafeteria became a drop-in center where disturbed students could go talk to social workers, grab a bite to eat, and play with dogs to reduce their anxiety.

Social workers tried to talk to the students about the incident, address their questions and concerns to comfort them, but according to Nancy Rochat, a veteran social worker, the students felt more comfortable talking to their friends.

People across the country tuned in to Mia’s posts about her missing son and, learning of the boy’s death, expressed their condolences to the Ferrara family.

The news of Theo Ferrara’s death is absolutely heartbreaking. We express our condolences to the family at this difficult time for them.