Devin Bond, 16, Reportedly Left Home With A Gun In 2017 & Hasn't Been Seen Since

The hunt continues for the Tennessee teen who allegedly snuck out in the middle of the night and disappeared.

July 16, 2019

Photo by: Devin Bond [Rutherford County Sheriff's Office]

Devin Bond [Rutherford County Sheriff's Office]

By: Mike McPadden

MURFREESBORO, TN — At some point in the early hours of Friday, March 31, 2017, high school student Devin Bond, 16, reportedly stuffed sheets and towels under his bed covers to make it look like he was sleeping and slipped outside his family’s home. No one has seen or heard from him since then.

Heather Bond, Devin’s mother, said she left for work as usual in the morning, and got a call from her husband several hours later, who told her that Devin was missing. That evening, Devin’s parents officially filed a missing persons report with the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office.

Classes were on spring break that week, so Devin didn’t have school the next day. Friends reportedly said he hadn’t made any plans with them, either. As concern turned to fear, Devin’s family members and other loved ones undertook a search of numerous nearby areas, but reportedly found no major evidence.

On the Investigation Discovery digital special The Missing: What Happened to Devin Bond?, Heather Bond said she got ahold of Devin’s girlfriend on Saturday, April 1. Devin and the girl had reportedly been dating for about two months prior to his disappearance.

Heather recalled that the girl said she had spoken to Devin the night before he vanished, and that he seemed “kind of” upset — because she had broken up with him around 7:30 P.M.

Detective Will Pinson of the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office said Devin’s now ex-girlfriend told him, “She felt like he spent more time paying attention to his phone and talking to his friends on social media than he did paying attention to her.”

The detective added that Devin’s ex seemed “appropriately bewildered by the situation” and that she “had no idea where he could have gone,” as “he had never indicated any desire to leave.”

One of Devin’s closest friends, however, reportedly told Detective Pinion that Devin had “voiced a desire to run away and live as a homeless person in Florida.” Another friend allegedly described Devin as “impulsive.”

The Bond family’s anxiety only grew worse when Devin’s dad discovered that a .45-caliber handgun was missing from his closet. In addition, it appeared as though Devin had taken clothing and other personal items with him.

Continuous searching turned up some cryptic clues, including a piece of paper in Devin’s room on which it appeared he had written the number “730.”

As Heather Bond noted on The Missing, that number could be a date or the time when his girlfriend supposedly broke up with Devin, or it could just mean nothing.

A neighbor’s surveillance video reportedly depicts the Bonds’ porch light being switched on and off at approximately 3:30 A.M. on the night Devin disappeared. Police say a tipster also described someone looking like Devin walking toward Veteran’s Parkway an hour later, which is about five miles from the Bonds’ home.

At around 4:50 A.M., Devin’s cellphone allegedly pinged a tower near that location. Not long after that, Devin’s phone reportedly powered down and never powered back up.

As a final message on The Missing, Heather Bond said, “If Devin was able to see this or watch this somehow, just tell him that we love him so much and we miss him, and we’re never going to give up until we find him — and that he can come home.”

Devin Bond is described as having blondish brown hair and brown eyes. He’s six feet tall and weighs 160 pounds. He was reportedly last spotted wearing a gray shirt and khaki pants. Devin’s family is offering an $8,000 reward for a tip that leads to his safe return.

Anyone with information regarding the disappearance of Devin Bond is urged to contact the Rutherford County Sheriff at (615) 898-7770 or the tip line at (615) 904-3056.

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