Police Find Teen Mom Star Jenelle Evans' Son Jace After He Goes Missing Again

Jenelle Evans' 14-year-old son Jace was found just 10 minutes away from his family home after he was reported missing on Aug. 28, according to the Teen Mom star's manager August Keen.

By Gabrielle Chung Aug 30, 2023 2:16 AMTags
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Jenelle Evans' son Jace is back home once again.

The 14-year-old was found by the police near his North Carolina home on Aug. 28, just hours after he was reported missing, Jenelle's manager August Keen confirmed to E! News.

"Jace was out roaming the property like he usually does," the rep said in an Aug. 29 statement on Aug. 29. "He went off to the gas station, without telling Jenelle."

The Teen Mom alum got worried after not hearing from her son for a couple of hours, according to August, and eventually called the police. Authorities found Jace at a gas station just 10 minutes away from the family's property, per the agent.

"The family is fine," August added. "Nothing to be alarmed about. Jace is a teenager finding his independence, wanting a bit more freedom, and Jenelle is a momma bear."

TMZ was the first to report Jace's disappearance. However, this was not the first time in recent weeks the teenager caused concern for his mom with his whereabouts.

Jenelle Evans' Biggest Scandals

Earlier this month, Jenelle told E! News through a statement from her manager that Jace ran away from home when he had his phone taken away as disciplinary action for getting "in trouble at school."


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"As a boy mom, kids can act up and rebel as I'm sure the majority of us all once did as kids too," said the 31-year-old, who shares Jace with ex Andrew Lewis; son Kaiser, 8, with ex Nathan Griffith; and daughter Ensley, 6, with husband David Eason. "Jace is a good kid, and we're not dealing with anything that most families don't deal with while raising children."

Jenelle added that the incident had "absolutely nothing to do with my situation with David."

"We do not argue in front of our children or fight in front of our kids," she said. "This is a teenage boy being a teenager mad that we decided to take his phone away."

Jenelle regained full custody of Jace in March after striking an agreement with her mom Barbara Evans, who was previously in charge of the teen's care for more than a decade. Per the former MTV star, she and Barbara "decided together to grant full custody back to me because we want to build our relationship back as mother and daughter."

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Jenelle celebrated Jace's birthday on Aug. 2, calling him a "polite young man" in an Instagram tribute.

"14 YEARS OLD EVERYONE!" she captioned photos of the mother-son duo. "I'm happy as long as you're happy!"

To see more family moments with Jenelle and her kids, keep reading.

Some Bunny Loves You

Jenelle Evans celebrated Easter 2023 with her kids Jace, Kaiser and Ensley, as well as husband David Eason and his daughter Maryssa.

Mama Knows Best

The Teen Mom alum was joined by her own mother, Barbara Evans, for a Mother's Day celebration in May 2023.

Snow Place Like Home

Jenelle hit the slopes with her kids and stepdaughter Maryssa.

Let's Swim

Jenelle and her son Jace, who she shares with ex Andrew Lewis, took a dip in the local lake.

Field Trip

Kaiser, whose dad is Jenelle's ex Nathan Griffith, enjoyed the day at the WonderWorks amusement park with mom.

Spooky Squad

For Halloween 2022, Ensley—who Jenelle shares with her husband David—dressed up as the titular heroine of the 2009 flick Coraline. Meanwhile, Kaiser went trick-or-treating as Freddy Krueger.

Family Vacation

The entire family—including Jenelle's mom Barbara and stepdaughter Maryssa—had a blast vacationing in Puerto Rico.

Forever Flock

Jenelle captioned this photo with her three kids, "All of momma's ducks in a row."

All Grown Up

"He's almost taller than me," Jenelle captioned this mother-son snap with Jace on Instagram. "#GrowingUp."

'Tis the Season

Jenelle rang in Christmas with Kaiser and Ensley in December 2022.

Birthday Girl

David and Jenelle celebrated Ensley's 6th birthday in January 2023.

Fun Times

Jenelle took Kaiser and Ensley to Medieval Times.

Life's a Beach

Jenelle and David had some fun in the sun with the kids at the beach in August 2022.

A Special Place

In 2022, the family spent Fourth of July hiking North Carolina's Beacon Heights Trail, where David proposed to Jenelle back in 2016. The former MTV star wrote on Instagram, "So happy to share this view/experience with our kids!"

Like Mother, Like Daughter

"Wonder where she gets all her sass from," Jenelle joked of her look-alike daughter Ensley. "#Twinning."

Milestone Memories

"#HappyBirthday to Jace!" Jenelle wrote on Instagram in August 2023. "You're growing into a such polite young man. I'm happy as long as you're happy!"

Back to School

Jenelle sent her kids back to school in August 2023.

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