Missing teens tethered after court hearing

Braxton Wood

Two teens that have been missing since August 26th faced Judge William Ervin in probate court this morning in Isabella County.

Jayden Thomas, age 13, and Braxton Wood, age 14 plead "not guilty" to the runaway charge.

The judge ordered both teens to wear GPS tethers and released them to their parents. Jayden Thomas is scheduled to return to court on September 23rd. Braxton Wood is scheduled to return to court on September 25th.

Police say that Thomas and Wood ran away from home on August 26th. They had taken a black Ford Explorer.

Their license plate was spotted just a few days ago heading south on the Mackinac Bridge.

A citizen who was following the story spotted Wood near a Starbucks this past weekend. The man told police he saw him enter a Ford Explorer with Michigan plates.

NBC Chicago reports that a homeless man helped the teens break into the vehicle after its battery died and they were unable to get inside.

Rich Knight, who is living out of his car near where the teens were picked up, told NBC Chicago that he didn't know they were missing.