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NEWNAN | Missing teen tells family he's OK
NEWNAN | Missing teen tells family he's OK

KENNESAW, Ga. (WXIA) -- A Kennesaw teenager who vanished two weeks ago has since called his father to tell him that he is safe.

Kennesaw Police say 19-year-old Joshua Norris reached out to his father Thursday evening. He said that he was in Sacramento, Calif., according to Kennesaw Police spokesman Scott Luther.

Norris sent his family a series of disturbing texts shortly before he and his red Toyota Celica vanished on Mar. 2.

"I just want him home," Robin Norris, the teen's mother, told 11Alive News last week. "We're going to find you, Joshua. We're going to find you."

The day before Norris disappeared, he was jailed for misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Norris' father James bailed him out of jail at 8 a.m. on Mar. 2. An hour and a half later, the two parted. The teenager told his dad he was traveling back to Kennesaw.

"He was depressed and angry about being arrested," James Norris said. "I told him it wasn't the end of the world, and he seemed to take that pretty good."

Still, the teen's parents received a series of text messages indicating he was despondent over the arrest. In one text, he told his mother he couldn't take it. In another, he said all he wanted to do was make his parents proud.

The last text he sent his father at 8:20 p.m. on Mar. 2 was to tell James Norris that he loved him.

At one point that day, Norris sent a text to a friend indicating that he was almost back to Kennesaw, but three days later, someone found the teen's phone still in Coweta County. It was spotted on the side of Highway 29 just south of Newnan.