15-year-old Mountain Lakes boy missing for 2 weeks found safe in Philly

Rachel Kurland
November 14, 2018 - 2:38 pm
The Morris County Prosecutor's Office released this photo of 15-year-old Thomas Kolding on Nov. 7, captured on camera in Camden.

Morris County Prosecutor's Office/Facebook


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A 15-year-old New Jersey boy who has been missing since the night before Halloween has been found in Philadelphia.

Thomas Kolding was reported missing on Oct. 30 from his family's Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, home, taking $1,000 in cash and leaving behind his cellphone and electronics. NJ.com reported the boy left because he had an argument with his father about school grades.

"I'm off to see the world," he wrote in a letter he left for his parents, according to NJ.com. "I'll be back someday."

He was believed to be traveling from Denville, New Jersey, to Newark. Kolding was spotted in several locations over the weeks, including Broad Street Station in Newark, Penn Station in New York, and the Walter Rand Transportation Center in Camden on Nov. 3. There were reports of him seen in Miami Township, Ohio, but that has been dismissed.

Police found him Tuesday night near the Penrose Plaza Shopping Center in Southwest Philadelphia. 

His family was reported to be en route to pick him up.

His father, Nicolai Kolding, shared the news Tuesday night in a Facebook post, thanking police across states for their help.

A GoFundMe page was created on Nov. 6 to help the family through the search process and travel expenses. Excess money will be donated to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. To date, the account has raised more than $17,000 of a $20,000 goal.