16-year-old missing after leaving group home, mother says


A mother is asking for help finding her son who she said walked out of a Clayton group home March 18.

Kim Peterson said her son Isaac Tidwell, 16, was a resident of the Lighthouse group home after being discharged from Cherry Hospital in Goldsboro.

Peterson lives in New York, but the boy’s grandmother, Carol Campbell, lives in Four Oaks.

“You can’t just let them drop off the face of the earth,” Campbell said. “Somebody has to know something.”Tidwell is on medication for depression and possibly others for violent outbursts, Peterson said.

The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office filed a report with the FBI’s National Crime Information Center regarding a missing person, Peterson said.

WNCN attempted to reach out to the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday. A spokeswoman said she was not able to pull up information on the case on a Sunday because she did not have access to her computer.

WNCN also attempted to reach out to KMG Holdings, which owns the Lighthouse group home, but was unsuccessful. In 2014, Lighthouse was fined $10,000 by state officials after a child, in their care, wandered out into a busy road and was hit and killed by a car.

Peterson said Tidwell has no money and does not possess his prescribed medication.

Tidwell stands 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs around 155 pounds. He has a scar on his upper lip and a birthmark on his neck.

Anyone with information on Tidwell is asked to call the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office.

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