On January 2, 2024 at 11:30 am the Dryden Township Police Department responded to Joy Rd in Dryden Township for a report of a voluntary runaway. Nathan John Baughman (17 yrs ) had left a note indicating he was running away from home. When parents could not locate him, they called police for assistance.
The initial investigation revealed that Nathan had left the home sometime during the early morning hours and quite likely was not in the immediate area. None the less an area search was conducted by the Dryden Township Police Department. When he was not located, he was immediately put into the Michigan Law Enforcement Information Network as missing.
Nathan had previously been reported in April of 2023 as a voluntary missing runaway to the Dryden Township Police Department. He was located 5 days after being reported by the Dryden Township Police Department with assistance from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department was able to follow up and check an area near the Ohio border locating Nathan at that time. He was then safely returned to family.
This time Nathan left in an unknown direction of travel from his residence. Nathan may be headed south in the direction he went the last time he left home. Nathan took a few basic things with him including a backpack, blanket, and some cash. He did not have a cell phone with him.
From this point a vast investigation was launched in attempts to safely locate Nathan Baughman. Multiple agencies at local, state and the federal level were utilized. Nathan was entered into LEIN as missing on 1-2-24. Nathan was then entered into various other databases including Missing in Michigan, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and NamUS (United Stated Department of Justice), and the Missing Childrens Clearinghouse through the Intelligence Operations Division of the Michigan State Police.
As days passed and Nathan was not located, the Dryden Township Police and other assisting agencies pushed hard to get information out across the state and into other border states.
On January 11th, 2024 at 8:03 am Troopers from the MSP Metro South Post (Taylor MI) contacted the Dryden Township Police Department and advised they had safely located Nathan Baughman. Nathan is currently in good health and being reunited with family.
Assisting the Dryden Township Police Department in this investigation was the Michigan State Police, Lapeer County Central Dispatch, Lapeer County Search and Rescue, and many other agencies across the state of Michigan. The Dryden Township Police Department would like to extend a heart felt “Thank You” to any and all persons and entities who assisted in the safe return of Nathan to his family!