Police Search For Missing Teen

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Payson police have joined the search for an 18-year-old boy missing since about 7 p.m., Saturday night.

Jody Cline was last seen by friends who dropped him off at Circle K south.

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Jody Cline was last seen by friends Saturday evening at Circle K south.

"He was hanging out with his friends Saturday night and told his dad he would be home around 10 p.m.," Cline's mother, Becky Weaver, said. "They dropped him off at Circle K and he was going to walk home."

Weaver said that was the last time anyone saw or heard from Cline. He has not shown up at his job at Payson Music Center, where he hasn't missed a day in four-and-a-half years, according to store owner, Wes Hathaway.

"This is not like him at all and I am very concerned," Hathaway said. "In my entire life I have never had anybody that was as responsible and conscientious as this young man. It's so against his grain -- he just wouldn't leave like this."

"We have started checking a few places and talking to some of (Cline's) friends," Payson Police Lt. Don Engler said. "Normally, we can't enter him into the nationwide computer unless we believe foul play is suspected, but we are going to continue our investigation and see if we can't get him located."

Cline's mother said she knows that 18-year-olds sometimes do stupid things, but that bad things also happen to them, too.

"I just want him to know that his family loves him and misses him and to please call us," Weaver said. "Jody loves his cat, Eddy. It just isn't like him to leave like this."

Cline's friends are making posters to put up around town, Weaver said.

Cline is 5'8" tall and weighs 135 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black coat, dark T-shirt and blue jeans and carrying a black backpack with the words "Sublime" written in Old English lettering. He has a multi-colored band tattoo around his wrist. Cline does not have a car.

Anyone with information about Cline is asked to call the Payson Police Department at (928) 474-5177.

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