LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A missing person report was filed Friday by the foster family of Joshua Young after the 17-year-old recently acquitted of murdering his stepbrother failed to return home.
Young's father Josh Gouker pleaded guilty in May to murdering Zwicker and was sentenced to life in prison.
Zwicker's father Terry Zwicker expressed disappointment over Young's missing status.
As foster parents, the Stoneburners were required by law to report Young to police as missing.
"Any agency that has a contract to accept kids that are in the custody of the state in Kentucky are under a contract that mandates us to report when a child runs away or goes missing," said Therapeutic Loving Foster Care Director Stephanie Stone.
Stone said most often foster children who run away return on their own or are reported and returned by other family members.
"The foster family is familiar with their family and their connections," Stone said, "so they may have ideas of where the child has gone, and we would share those with the police when we file the missing person's report."
Stone said police then check the locations suggested by the foster child's known acquaintances and return the child to his or her foster family when he or she is located.
"Sometimes kids come back on their own," Stone said. "A lot of times that's actually how it happens."