BOISE – The Capital High School boys’ basketball team practiced as they do normally on Monday; however, a key player was not there.
“He is a tremendous kid, I mean a kid that shows up to practice every day,” said Head Coach Paul Rush.
Rush describes 17-year-old Hunter Young as the team’s “go to guy.” He is a starter, a top scorer and a leader, and that’s outside the classroom.
In the classroom, Rush describes Young as a student fighting for a 4.0 GPA.
“He's such a great kid, that it's definitely not something you would see coming,” said Rush.
Rush is just one of the many that care about Hunter Young, and are wondering where he could be.
Many are worried about him.
According to Hunter’s mom Krista, Hunter went missing early Saturday, January 19th.
She tells KTVB her son had a basketball game Friday night, where his team played against Mountain View High School in Meridian.
Later that night, she helped her son get his hunting gear ready, because early the next morning the plan was to go bird hunting with some family members.
However, Krista said when she woke up early Saturday morning, Hunter and his red Pontiac Sunfire were gone.
“We don’t know where he is,” said Rush.
However, they do have a few clues as to where Hunter might be.
“His cell phone was found in a small town -- Connell, Washington -- in southeast Washington,” said Ed Boyce, who was speaking on behalf of the family to the media on Monday.
Boyce is also very familiar with Hunter on the basketball court. He’s coached him for roughly seven years as a part of a traveling basketball team. They play nearly year-round.
“His loyalty to his family to Capital High School, to his hoop dream teammates, to his friends,” explained Boyce. “There is just so much at stake for Hunter, he's worked so hard.”
“Through his cell phone and the mapping on his cell phone, the best guess is that he was heading for Priest Lake,” said Boyce.
Since Hunter greatly enjoys the great outdoors, but basketball is his life, his family believes something is wrong.
“Wherever he's at, just hope he's okay,” said Rush.
Rush said obviously, his teammates had hoped Hunter would walk through the doors of the Capital high gym for practice Monday, but that didn't happen.
“He's our ‘go to guy’ and has been this season,” said Rush.
His team needs him. His family just wants him to come home.
“(Through) Hunter's will we are going to be blessed with him very shortly, at least that is our hope and that is prayer with his safe return,” said Boyce.
Hunter’s dad Dave Young even flew to Spokane Monday, and his plan was to drive to Priest Lake to look for Hunter himself.
His family says it’s just been too long.
The Boise Police Department is investigating Hunter's case as a missing person or runaway. Spokesperson Lynn Hightower said at this point—there is no foul play suspected.
If you have information on Hunter Young, please contact Boise Police at 208-377-6790.