That was mercifully quick: 22-year-old Evan Flanary has been found. Flanary went missing June 19 in San Francisco after meeting a person on a hookup app, causing his frantic mother Deborah Berlingeri to start a manhunt that quickly spread across the gay Internet.
So, what happened to the blond-haired, blue-eyed, boy out in the big bad, scary world? What was the sordid fate of the young son who met a “stranger” and then suddenly vanished?
He was just out partying and didn’t think to contact mom.
Berlingeri posted about her son’s return on her Facebook:
He was SO SO SO apologetic that he worried about us. He had met a person, they hit it off fabulously, they were down town enjoying all the week’s festivities. The battery in his cell phone died and although he had a charger, it just wouldn’t take the charge. He never noticed the flyers but today he saw his image on a television screen and could NOT believe it. He called me just minutes before the KNTV interview was scheduled to begin, so instead of crying I was grinning like the village idiot!! I love that boy. My dear friend Torsten Hirche is with him as we speak. Love you man! Yay, now I can breathe!
Although Berlingeri remains non-gender specific in her wording, San Fran’s main festivity was Gay Pride so we have the slightest suspicion there’s a queer angle here. We also think there’s more to this story than what mom posted, but at least it has a happy ending, right?
On a related note, the site that Berlingeri created to find her son, HelpFindEvan.com, now has this curious message:
Good news. Evan has been found safe. Praise the Lord and pass the GPS!
This website is for sale. If you have a wayward child called Evan, or you’ve simply left someone called Evan in the toy department of a crowded store…
have we got a deal for you!