Missing Teen Trongeau Found Safe in Haverhill After a Month on the Run

Photographs of David Trongeau released in 2018 when he was reported missing.

Haverhill’s David Trongeau, 17, is no longer missing after city police officers located him near the Winter Street Dunkin’ Donuts Tuesday. (Courtesy photograph)

Following a local mother’s desperate plea for her son’s safe return, 17-year-old Haverhill teen David Trongeau has resurfaced in the city alive and well, WHAV can confirm.

Elizabeth Hamel first reached out to WHAV in late July after her son, a former Consentino, Nettle and St. James student, ran away from the state Department of Youth Services program in Methuen he had been enrolled in. He was supposed to be in the program until September after getting into trouble—“little stuff mostly,” she explained.

According to Hamel, Trongeau ran away when he was brought to an area YMCA. He was last seen in Manchester, N.H., where his girlfriend lives.

On Tuesday night, Aug. 14, Haverhill Police located Trongeau near the Winter Street Dunkin’ Donuts shop, Hamel told WHAV.

“He is finally safe and where he needs to be,” Hamel told WHAV, expressing gratitude for those who offered assistance and voiced concern. “I’m relieved and got the best sleep ever last night.”