Nathan John Baughman, a 17-year-old senior of Dryden High School, ran away from home either late January 1 or early January 2 from his home in Dryden Township on Joy Rd. He left on foot leaving behind his wallet, identification, and cell phone.
The family does not believe he has a coat, but rather the only source of protection from the frigid weather is the comforter off his bed (pictured below). He is likely wearing a black hoodie, gray sweatpants with snow boots, and carrying either a bag or backpack.
Baughman has a thin build with dark blonde hair. He measures around 5’7” and weighs approximately 140lbs. He has blues and some facial hair.
Baughman is autistic with severe social anxiety. He is likely avoiding people and will walk away from anyone trying to approach him. He hasn’t taken any of his medications since he ran away.
The family believes he could be staying in barns, sheds, or other outbuildings in people’s yards. They encourage everyone and anyone to please check their outbuildings for Nathan.
According to law enforcement, Baughman is athletic and very intelligent, but again, extremely antisocial.
This is the second time Nathan Baughman has ran away. His first attempt was in April of 2023. He was found in Monroe County five days after he went missing. The family believes he was headed out of state to Ohio. In this first incident, Baughman had a bicycle. Currently, he is on foot, which will slow the ground he’s able to cover.
According to Baughman’s family, he hasn’t met anyone online, doesn’t have any friends, no one has picked him up, and he’s likely to avoid communicating with anyone.
As of now, law enforcement does not have leads. They are waiting for some kind of tip to give them a place to start investigating. Baughman is considered endangered, so if you have any information or have seen Nathan Baughman, please contact the Dryden Twp Police department at 810-796-2271 or the Lapeer County Central Dispatch at 810-667-0292.