Search party scours St. Paul looking for missing 17-year-old

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A St. Paul family continued its search for a missing 17-year-old boy who was last seen getting off the school bus Monday afternoon.

Chuejee Thao got off the bus at the intersection of Livingston Avenue and Isabel Street East Monday and that’s exactly where Pakou Thao, Chuejee’s sister, convened a search party for her brother Friday night.

Before she was joined by extended family and friends Friday, Pakou and her family had been going out and looking all over St. Paul for their missing brother.

Pakou added that she and her family will meet back at the same intersection Saturday morning at 8 a.m. to resume their search.

Chuejee was wearing a green hooded sweatshirt, dark jeans and may have been carrying a backpack. He stands 5 feet, 6 inches tall, weighs approximately 120 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes.

According to Pakou, he has “long-ish, shaggy-ish” hair, but what she says stands out most is his personality.

“He’s a very caring, thoughtful boy. He’s a very studious student,” she said.

Pakou mentioned that Chuejee recently took the ACT in his quest to go to college.

The Thao family is worried that Chuejee may be harming himself and is also concerned because he does not have any personal items with him.

“I do know that within this past year he’s been very stressed about juggling school life, his new job and family as well,” Pakou said.

Most of all, Pakou and her family want to make sure they get their brother back home safely.

“We love you so much,” she said in a plea to her brother. “We understand. We know. We love you. We hear you. We want you to talk to us. Please come home. We love you so much. We’re here for you.”