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Kyle Potter, Published July 26 2013

Texas woman pleads for help finding son in F-M area

FARGO – An El Paso, Texas, woman is asking the Fargo-Moorhead community for help to find her 16-year-old son, who has been missing in the area for more than a month.

Edward Stubbs, a thin, 5-foot-10-inch teen with blonde hair, was last spotted walking along Broadway in downtown Fargo a few weeks ago. His mother, Jolene Stubbs, said her son usually wears a hoodie with the hood drawn up.

She kissed and hugged her son goodbye in mid-May as he boarded a bus headed from El Paso to Fargo for a summer of construction work. Edward Stubbs was staying with a cousin in a south Fargo apartment building.

Stubbs disappeared on June 17 in Dickinson, where he had traveled with his cousin for a construction job. He stopped by his cousin’s apartment briefly on June 20, but none of his family members have seen him since.

Jolene Stubbs said there were no signs of trouble before her son walked off the job in Dickinson. The boy’s cousin told her that her son was “a good kid and a hard worker.”

“He has no clue what happened,” Stubbs said of her son’s cousin. “I’ve been thinking he’s just going to return home.”

Jolene Stubbs flew in to Fargo Thursday to look for her son. She guessed he is confused and may be feeling unwanted or unloved.

“He’s definitely in trouble. He could be doing anything,” she said.

After family members posted photos of Edward Stubbs around town, they received a call earlier this week from someone who thought they had spotted him a few weeks ago walking downtown, looking confused.

Fargo police are keeping their eyes and ears open for Stubbs, but Lt. Joel Vettel said they haven’t received any confirmation that he’s still in the Fargo area.

Detective Terry Oestreich, the Dickinson Police investigator who first started looking for Stubbs, said he believes the 16-year-old has since run out of money and couldn’t have gone far.

Oestreich stressed that there’s no sign of foul play in the teen’s disappearance – Stubbs just walked away from the job site and hitched a ride to Fargo.

Jolene Stubbs said her son left seven siblings behind when he boarded the bus for Fargo, plus his new pride and joy: his first car. He spent his last day in El Paso fixing it up, his mother said.

If you have any information about Edward Stubbs or think you have seen him in town, call Jolene Stubbs at (801) 231-3121 or contact the Red River Dispatch Center at (701) 451-7660.

Readers can reach Forum reporter

Kyle Potter at (701) 241-5502