Update: Jan. 3, 7:35 a.m.: John's mother, Cheryl Kakos posted the following message this morning on the Facebook page she had set up when John ran away.:
I just wanted EVERYONE to know, that John Kakos is now at a safe place we set up as of now. He is not home yet, but at least he is where I know his location, know the parents, and I can take him for further help. We will work on the rest as time goes. Thanks so much for the help! The tips and things that came in, were absolutely priceless!!!
Jan. 1: My son John Kakos ran away from home yesterday morning. He has been reported to the Coventry, RI police station as a missing person. Please, I am begging, if you have any info about his where about, please contact me or the Coventry Police Station at 401-826-1100.
He is also listed on the National Data Base For Missing Peoples.
If you want to report something without him knowing it was you, please call me and I will keep the information you have private, I just need to find him. He is my son, and I love him more than words can say....
Please feel free to share this everywhere! Most likely he is in the Coventry or Warwick areas, but he is on the run so he could be anywhere... He does not have his driver's license so he is relying on others to give him rides, hitch-hiking, or walking. His last known location was at the Coventry Walmart.