The true crime here is since 2019, it is a felony to leave or give water to immigrants. Whatever your beliefs, it is a humane gesture to save lives, it puts people who live in that area in a horrible dilemma to be charged with a felony to just give water to dying men, women and children.
It also is important to remember that he had his own place, so he wouldn't be missing as a runaway like many young adults are considered. I really hope that LE is getting aggressive in their case here.
Even though he seems to be a very responsible and independent young man, he is still only 16. I would hope LE woyld put much resources and time into this is he is a minor who has always been responsible
The biggest clue here is that he was worried enough about a barefoot person who he met that it bothered him enough to call about. This from a young man who was well known and has been responsible at a young age to travel and work on his own. The fact that the man that worried him was barefoot...
My friend has a granddaughter who has autism and is nonverbal. God bless these parents, until you have walked in their shoes, I do not know how they handle it the caregiving even with some respite care.