police lights

photo: dreamstime

Authorities Searching For Missing Teen In Chesterfield Township

June 09, 2018 - 5:22 pm

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WWJ) -- The rain is not hindering a search in Chesterfield Township for a teenager who has been missing for more than two weeks. 

Nathaniel Bishop was last seen on May 23rd after an argument with his mother. He left his family's home on his bike in the 5200 block of Van Buren, near 24 Mile Road and Gratiot Avenue, and he has not been seen since. 

Police Chief Bradley Kersten says Bishop's disappearance is particularly concerning because there has been no cell phone activity since he was last seen, and nobody is talking about where he might be.

“15-year-olds don’t just disappear without a trace," Kersten said. "At least not with people or friends talking about it or discussing it. We’ve had none of that activity at all, so this is concerning.”

Kersten is leading the search near 24 Mile and Gratiot involving local and state officers -- including the Chesterfield Township department, Macomb County Sheriff's Department and State Police --  some on all terrain vehicles and horseback.

He said they are going "subdivision by subdivision and field by field," and that the search is like "looking for a needle in a haystack."

“This area was only picked because it was the area he was last seen on the 23rd," Kersten said. "Other than that, over the last 14-15 days, we’ve received no other credible information that he was anywhere other than where he was last seen.”

Kersten said the search would continue until nightfall Saturday.

Anyone with information about the teen should call Chesterfield Township police.