difficult child helped with yardwork and prepare for yard sale. Then went to take a shower- or so I thought. After 20-30 mins, I knocked on the bathroom door and called his name- no answer, twice. So I unlock the door and go in and guess what- no difficult child, just steaming hot water running in the shower. Back door was open so I locked all doors and checked the car. My cigs and beer are gone so obviously difficult child has a spare key to my car. I only knew of one spare key and I thought I'd lost it 2-3 years ago. Anyway, I called police and they came and took a report. Then I came back in and checked caller ID and saw that number of this kid who has been a thorn in my side for 3-4 years. You might not remember but he's the one difficult child turned in for drugs (or one of the boys) in middle school, then when difficult child lost all his friends 2-3 years ago, he must have decided to be friends with this boy because the boy kept calling every 15 mins even when I told him to stop calling this house. I think he's the one that gave difficult child a knife. His parents seemed just as bad as him and his father told him to hang up on me when I asked him to tell me his address. So, I called police back and told them I think difficult child is with this boy and I would be very interested in knowing if they know where their son is right now, given that it is past curfew. They had the boy's name and address in their system and are going by his house to knock on the door right now. This policeman said difficult child needed to be in a group home. (ya thunk?) I told him I had suggested that but apparently Department of Juvenile Justice and PO didn't agree. He said a judge might just over-rule that. We'll see. All I know is that now there is a huge issue about all this emergency help I just applied for due to having a minor child to take care of. I'm probably going to end up in a freaking shelter unless they don't immediately put difficult child back in juvie to await trial. And I get to be prepared for a yard sale at 7:00 in the morning. Yay! ETA Update: The policeman called back and said he went to that boy's house and knockeds seceral time but in spite of it being obvious that people were home, no one would answer the door. That's all he could do because he doesn't have a warrant. I told him that I'm not surprised at all that no one answered. H etold me to call him when difficult child comes home- he wants to come back over and give him a breathalyzer test.