(JTA) — Fliers with the photo of the missing son of Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby have been distributed throughout the Boston area and via social media as volunteers started a coordinated search.
Caleb Jacoby, an 11th-grader at the Maimonides School in Boston, has been missing since about 12:30 p.m. Monday, according to reports. His photo has been sent around on Facebook and Twitter.
Friends and neighbors of the family as well as local Jewish groups have joined Boston police in the search. About 200 volunteers continued to search throughout the Boston area in a coordinated effort on Wednesday . The effort was spearheaded by the Maimonides School, which Caleb, 16, attends.
Brookline Police Captain Thomas Keaveney said Wednesday morning that police are “leaning more toward a runaway, but we can’t be sure,” according to MassLive.com. The police search will continue, he said.
“We are so deeply, deeply grateful for everything being done to reunite us with our beloved son Caleb,” Jacoby, who is Jewish and often writes on Jewish and Israel issues in his column, tweeted late Tuesday night.
For many years, near his oldest son’s birthday, Jacoby wrote a special column called “Letters to Caleb.”
The Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Maimonides School and Young Israel of Brookline are among the Jewish organizations that have joined in the search.
Caleb Jacoby “took his studies very seriously,” his Hebrew teacher, Efrat Libschitz, told MassLive.com. “He took life seriously. He wasn’t easygoing.”