MP of the week: Billy Patient

This week’s missing person is William Fred Patient, more commonly referred to as Billy, who disappeared from Juno Beach, Florida on May 5, 2013. He was sixteen years old at the time and enrolled in a residential program for emotional problems and substance abuse.

I have written before about my concerns about residential treatment programs for minors; I think many of them mistreat their clients while conning worried parents into paying huge fees. Billy’s program, The Academy, definitely lied to his mother about their offerings, and they later refunded the $25k she’d paid them, but I’m sure she’d rather have her son back.

As to what happened to Billy, I don’t know. The Occam’s Razor is that he drowned, but the thing with his Facebook account makes me wonder.