Fairfax high schooler disappears

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Local,Virginia,Crime,Ben Giles

Authorities are looking for a 16-year-old Fairfax County teenager who ran away from home after getting into trouble with the law.

Jackson Delao was last seen on Sept. 14 with his friends at the McDonald's at 5931 Fort Drive in Centreville, where they were hanging out following a high school football game that night in Clifton.

Jackson was scheduled for a court appearance after bringing a weapon to school -- he was also on probation at the time -- and decided it'd be best to run, according to Charles Pickett, a case manager at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

"His better choice, he thought, was 'I'll just disappear,' " Pickett said.

Authorities suspect Delao is hiding somewhere in the D.C. region with friends from school, likely in Fairfax or Arlington counties.

Delao is described as a white male, 5 foot 9 inches tall, weighing 165 pounds with hazel eyes. When he was last seen, he had light brown hair. Delao has pierced ears, a tattoo on his right abdomen of a cross and another tattoo on his right hand of a diamond. He also goes by Jack or Jackie.

"Everybody wants to work with him, they're not interested in putting him away for hundreds of years," Pickett said. "They want to help him."

Anyone with information about Delao is asked to call the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, or the Fairfax County police at 703-691-2131.

bgiles@washingtonexaminer.com

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