Still missing after 10 years
At first, there was nothing unusual.
Eric Pyles was in a good mood when he left for school about 7 a.m. Dec. 12, 2000, according to his older sister, Maria Fuhrman, with whom the 12-year-old boy lived on Awol Road in Union Township.
After his school day, Eric rode the bus back to Awol and Silvertown roads near I-78 and got off at 2:30 p.m.
He hasn't been seen since then - at least not by anyone who has said anything to his family or police.
Just two days before his disappearance, Eric had run away - something he had done about 15 times - but he returned a half-hour later. The other times he had always returned within a couple hours, Fuhrman said.
Sometimes he talked about going back to Virginia. He tried unsuccessfully to hitch rides with strangers at least a couple times.
While he sometimes didn't come straight home after his bus ride, Fuhrman said she suspected something was wrong immediately on Dec. 12, 2000, and called state police.
A day later, Fuhrman's family, neighbors, Lickdale Fire Co. volunteers and others searched dense woods near the Pyles home, aided by bloodhounds that picked up Eric's scent. A state police helicopter was later brought in to search the area - all to no avail.