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Mother of "critically missing veteran" believes he's alive

MORROW, OH (FOX19) -

The mother of a critically missing veteran says she’s not giving up hope. Search and rescue operations were called off Sunday for Aaron Berns. He is a person of interest and listed as a "critical missing person" after a Morrow fire Friday night.

“He was such a strong individual that we don't put it past him that he's 50 miles, a hundred miles away from here,” Conni Berns.

Conni Berns has 10 children and nine of them are adopted. That's including Aaron Berns, who she adopted around the age 5. She's says Arron came from a very difficult situation when he was adopted and would sometimes get into trouble.

"One of his problems was fire, that he did like to play with fire and so I have no doubt in my mind that this was one of his ways to express his anger,” said Conni Berns.

According to Conni, when Aaron was a teenager, a judge agree to expunge his juvenile record, because Aaron said he wanted to go to the army. Conni says, his behavior changed, but when he returned home after serving, she said something wasn't right. She believes he is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and doesn’t want to be caught by police.

"I know Aaron very well and I know how he thinks and he's the type of kid that as a child when he was nine, 10, 11 years old he would run off all the time,” said Conni Berns.

Conni says she just wants her son to know that his family wants to help.

"I would tell him we would really like to know that he's safe. And that we would like to help him and even though he did something that very dangerous, nobody was hurt,” said Berns.

Aaron’s birth aunt, Tonja Ferbrache tells FOX19 that’s there will be a search for Aaron this upcoming weekend

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