Joe Mazzilli and his team search for 16-year-old Dayana, an honor student and Sunday school teacher who ran away without warning seven months previously from her home in East Elmhurst, Queens.
Tayvela felt "trapped" in her Long Island home by her over-protective, but well-meaning, mother. Nine months after she ran away, Joe Mazzilli and the Runaway Squad finally begin to unravel the mystery of the 15-year-old runaway's whereabouts. When they discover that a gang may be holding her against her will, the team turns up the heat doing everything they can to find her.
Fifteen-year-old Jennifer considered herself an outsider at home, so she ran away looking for love. With her parents desperate for help, Joe Mazzilli and the Runaway Squad quickly get on Jennifer's trail. At first, the only lead is her New York City boyfriend, but a surprise phone call has Joe shifting his tactics. Using her mother as bait, can Joe bring the girl home?
Fifteen-year-old Vinny and his father were not getting along. When his religious father forbade him from seeing his girlfriend, Vinny decided he had enough and ran away. But he didn't go where anyone expected him to go. From Pennsylvania to Brooklyn, Joe Mazzilli and his Runaway Squad delve deep into the world of Santeria trying to catch up with their elusive runaway.
Fourteen-year-old Taylor ran away from home when rumors at school became too much to handle. Joe Mazzilli and the Runaway Squad track her across the boroughs of New York City as they discover that she may be hanging with a rough crowd. Joe knows that a little "street pressure" can go a long way to get her home, but will it be enough?
When 15-year-old Jakob ran away, his mother wondered how "her angel" could possibly survive the dark, winter nights of small-town New Jersey. To make matters worse, this runaway might be battling some serious issues. Mazzilli and his Runaway Squad must rush to find him before his self-destructive behavior goes too far.
John X. Kim
Raw-but-real series gets to the heart of why teens run away.
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