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Phelan family asks for help finding runaway teenager missing for four months

PHELAN, Calif. ( — The Brambila family from Phelan have recently made a heartfelt plea to the public in their ongoing search for their 17-year-old son, Kenneth Brambila, who went missing in late September of 2023.

Kenneth was last seen on September 23, according to his mother, Raquel Brambila, who has faced significant challenges in her quest to locate her son.

The turmoil caused by Kenneth’s disappearance has been compounded by his previous struggles with substance abuse and behavioral issues.

Despite the family’s efforts to provide support through various services, including outpatient and inpatient rehab, mental health counseling, and detox programs, there have been numerous obstacles. “There’s not many places for youth [to get help], only adults,” Raquel said, highlighting the lack of available resources and treatment facilities receptive to their insurance.

The situation reached a critical point when an argument over Kenneth’s marijuana use escalated. In the midst of reaching out to the police for assistance, Kenneth left home and has not been seen since.

The Brambila family moved to Phelan two years ago and consists of two working parents — Raquel in healthcare and her husband in the electrical field. They have been tirelessly searching for their son, combing areas in Victorville, Hesperia, Adelanto, and parks in Sylmar and Pacoima with the aid of local law enforcement.

Unfortunately, their efforts have yielded no substantial leads, despite Kenneth’s information being disseminated through the missing person databases and the National Center for Missing Children.

Confronted with the decision of how to raise awareness, Raquel contemplates the benefits and the emotional toll of sharing their story on social media.

“Posting on social is hard and the comments are unbearable, but then again we’re very worried for him,” his mother expressed her deep concerns.

The family hopes that by posting a flyer, someone may recognize Kenneth and provide information leading to his safe return.

Kenneth is described as having a slender build, potentially sporting long hair, and was last spotted wearing a blue Dodgers sweater paired with black jeans and black Nike shoes. Additionally, he had a backpack distinctively adorned with rubber duckies at the time.

“Kenneth if you see this, please come back home. We are all worried and want to know that you are ok. We love you,” his family wrote on the missing person flyer.

Kenneth’s mother and the local sheriff’s department are seeking assistance from anyone who might have relevant information or who has seen Kenneth. If you have any leads, please call 818-723-6039 to provide assistance.

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