Mother Worries About Missing Teen

Karen Ellzey fears the worst for her 16 year old son.

Matthew Desporte ran away from home four weeks ago, taking a back pack and a few clothes.

Two days later, he called home saying he was all right, and promised to call again. That's the last time she talked to her son.

Since then, Ellzey has passed out flyers, made several trips to Louisiana and is now offering a reward for any information about his whereabouts.

"There's got to be somebody out there that knows where my son is. Just call me and let me know that he's OK. That's all I'm asking."

Karen Ellzey fought back the tears as she talked about her missing child.  She says the bad possibilities keep going through her head.

Her son, Matthew, left their Lee Street home June 23rd.

"My husband is out working in the yard and Matthew comes to him, this was about eight thirty or nine o'clock, and says, 'Daddy, I'm going to run to McDonalds and get a biscuit'. He said OK and that was the last that anybody has seen of Matthew."

A phone call from a pay phone in a New Orleans bakery a week after Matthew disappeared prompted his mother and family to search the streets of the Big Easy. He was reportedly spotted there. Other clues led to Houma, Louisiana.

Her son's knowledge of and time spent on the computer prior to his disappearance is what worries his mother the most.

"That's my biggest fear. That he has talked to somebody on the computer. And that he met with somebody. And that's where my son is."

Recent media attention to this case prompted a few phone calls about possible sightings of Matthew, but so far nothing has panned out. Investigator, Earl Grimes, continues to follow up every lead on a case he describes as extremely difficult.

"Difficult in that he's not leaving any trail at all. His friends aren't talking, the doors I knock on, the people I call and say we seen him in this car or that car, those tag numbers, you chase those people down and they're like, 'no, we don't know him, that was my cousin, Joey and you know'."

Matthew's mother says she's desperate to find out something.

"And not knowing where your child is. That's the worst feeling in the world. Because you don't know if your child is dead or alive."