Scottsville police are looking for a teen who ran away at 6:40 a.m. Wednesday, according to a release from the Scottsville Police Department and Chief Jeff Pearson.

Brian Tomes, 15, of Scottsville, was last seen around the Carter Street area in Scottsville on Wednesday morning, according to the release.

Tomes, who reportedly has trouble with authority and a history of truancy problems, jumped out of the car as his mother was taking him to school, Pearson said.

"He's missing of his own accord," Pearson said by phone today.

Tomes is white with brown hair and brown eyes and was wearing light-colored pants and a white hoodie at the time he ran away, the release stated. He is 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs 214 pounds.

Pearson said he suspects someone is helping Tomes hide from police.

Pearson said the police do not often get involved in truancy cases because the school system has a truancy officer who deals with those specific cases, which then go to family court. However, when a child is beyond the parents' or truancy officer's control, the police department steps in.

When Tomes was first reported missing, officers were sent out to look for him. Now, SPD is accepting tips.

SPD has put Tomes' picture along with the release on their Facebook page and has entered him missing into the National Crime Information Center database, Pearson said.

Someone gave police a tip via Facebook regarding where the person had last spotted Tomes, but by the time police saw the message and went to check the area, Tomes was gone.

Pearson asked that anyone with information call the police department at 270-237-3611.

SPD received a court order to pick up Tomes if they find him and take him into custody, Pearson said.

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