STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. -- The search for Daniel Marston entered its second day Thursday.
Deputies describe their search as a race against time: Thursday brought the second night of cold temperatures, noting the missing teen had left only wearing shoes, jeans and a sweatshirt with a hood.
Inside the command post, the deputies’ mission was posted on the door.
"Helicopters, boats in the water, boots on the ground,” said Bill Kennedy, information officer for Stafford County. “We've been searching land, water and air."
Those teams of volunteers and deputies have been searching for the 17-year-old Daniel.
"He left his residence and he's considered missing and endangered,” said Kennedy. Endangered, sources say, because the teen may have some mental health issues.
"We’re very worried that he's out here and no one knows where he is," said Linda Reiff, a neighbor.
A Stafford County ambulance was idling in the 700 block of Belle Plains Road. That’s where Daniel was last seen before he went missing. Stafford deputies are desperately searching for the young man already missing for more than 24 hours, concerned about him having to endure another night of cold temperatures."
"It's cold outside, the weather isn't good,” said Kennedy. “He needs to be brought home safely."
Deputies say Marston had never wandered or disappeared before. Neighbors tell me the family just moved to the rural area within the last month or so.
"We are right on the Potomac Creek,” said Reiffe. “It's a fairly decent-sized body of water."
Search crews spent hours scouring about a five-mile radius around his south Stafford home. Deputies do not know if he got in the car with someone or if he's still in the area.
"I hope he's found safe and warm in someone's house,” said Reiffe.
Deputies are urging anyone who thinks he’s seen Daniel Marston to call police immediately.