"Come home, Rayshawn. We love you. We miss you," his mother, Natalee Butler, said. "We're worried about you. Don't be afraid to come home."
The 14-year-old boy has been missing since Feb. 3. Pembroke Pines police have spent nine days searching for him, said Capt. Al Xiques.
Butler and police are now turning to the public for help. Over the past two years, the Silver Trail Middle school student has run away from home about a half dozen times, but never for this long, Xiques said.
Police said they think the teen may be attempting to travel to Texas where his father and grandmother live, he said. Authorities there have been contacted.
"We're concerned that he may reach out to someone that he doesn't know who may pose a threat or a risk to his safety," Xiques said.
Rayshawn was last seen at his Pembroke Pines home on the 19400 block of Northwest Second Street, police said.
On the day he went missing, the teen had an argument with his mother over lunch money, school and living with his father and grandmother. Afterward, Butler went to the grocery store and when she returned, her son and his black bicycle were gone.
Rayshawn did not have close friends and had a mostly quiet demeanor, Butler said. He did not have hang-out spots and "everything we do, we do together as a family," she said.
"I believe he has a very good heart; he's very passionate. Only issues we've ever had with him were just with school," she said. "Otherwise, he was a good boy."
Rayshawn is described as being 5-foot-2, 115 pounds, with a dark complexion and short black hair. He was last seen wearing blue pants and a gray sweater with an orange lining, and blue-and-white Adidas sneakers.
Police have checked places where the teen has been found sleeping in the past, including behind a Publix supermarket and on the back porch of a relative's Miramar home unbeknownst to that relative, Xiques said.
His mother said that he's also been found in an abandoned home in Miramar.
Police ask anyone with information on the teenager's whereabouts to call Pembroke Pines Police at 954-431-2200 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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