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Prayer vigil held for missing teen

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Collin Barton (Source: Terrace Park Police) Collin Barton (Source: Terrace Park Police)
Searchers at Bass Island Park on Monday Searchers at Bass Island Park on Monday
TERRACE PARK, OH (FOX19) -

Police say they are unsure of whether the search for a missing 16-year old Terrace Park boy will continue Tuesday following a full day of searching that turned up no new information.

Police say no evidence has been found to indicate any possibility of foul play but that the lack of evidence has also put a halt to their search efforts.

On Monday, Terrace Park Police along with an Urban Search and Rescue Task Force searched through Bass Island Park in Newtown for Collin Barton. The search focused on the bike path between Mariemont and Terrace park which follows the Little Miami River.

"We don't know whether we're looking for him or a clue," explained  Hamilton County USAR commissioner Steve Ashbrock. "Our people are working both sides of the river."

USAR workers were also joined by a helicopter search.

"The circumstances just pointed to something uneasy," Terrace Park Police Chief Jerry Hayhow said. "We just wanted to make sure if he needs help we can find him."

"There's just been no trace of him," family friend and neighbor Steve Early said. "He did not have an I.D. on him, he had his license here. They don't think he had any money. We just haven't heard anything. There's been no sign of him."

A prayer vigil was held at Terrace Park Village Green Monday evening.

Police say Collin was last seen in the Mariemont area of Cambridge Avenue around 4 a.m. Sunday morning. According to police, witness reports stated the teen and his girlfriend had just broken up which they believe prompted him to leave a party early and head back towards Terrace Park.

Friends of Collin say he was comfortable and knowledgeable about the terrain he was walking.

"He was kind of an outdoorsy kid," friend Nick Malone explained. "He liked to hang out outside a lot, just kind of do his own thing."

"It's long walk but we think he's made the walk before," Early explained. "It's a manageable walk even though it's long. These are really warm nights, it wasn't storming."

Collin's friends were spotted on the Little Miami Monday afternoon conducting their own search in a kayak.

"I've known him since I was five years old," friend Robert Troller said. "He was my next door neighbor and he wouldn't do something like this. He's not doing it to try to get attention. This is a legitimate problem.

"It's just a sense of real helplessness," Early explained Monday afternoon. "This is a neighborhood where everybody's friends with the Bartons, everybody's behind them, everybody knows Collin but the  more time that goes by it just feels like there's less and less anybody can do."

Barton is described as a white male, 6 feet tall, about 125 pounds with brown hair and eyes. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a dark green T-shirt.

Early says family and friends are keeping hope alive that Collin will soon finish his journey home.

"We're really hopeful and confident that he's just going to turn up here," Early said. "But we do think somebody will have a little piece of the puzzle that will help."

Anyone with information is asked to call Terrace Park Police Department at 513-831-2137 or 911.

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