MORRISTOWN, NJ - Morris County authorities are seeking help in finding a 15-year-old Mountain Lakes boy who has been missing since Oct. 30.

In a statement, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp and Mountain Lakes Police Chief Shawn Bennett  said the boy, Thomas Kolding, who lives in Mountain Lakes with his parents, was last known to be at his family home on Oct. 30.

They said Kolding may have traveled by train from Denville to the Newark – Broad Street Station. From there, he is believed to have traveled by train from Broad Street Station to New York Penn Station, said the authorities.

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"His location is unknown from that point," they noted. "However, the investigation revealed that Kolding had a strong interest in traveling to California."

Kolding is describes as being white, with brown hair and brown eyes. He is said to weigh about 120 pounds and is 5-feet, 3-inches tall. He was last seen wearing a camouflage jacket, gray winter skull cap and carrying a large black backpack, officials said. 

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call Mt. Lakes Police at (973) 334-1413 and ask for Detective John Hukowski. 

You can also contact the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Missing Persons Unit on-call detective through the Morris County Communications Center at 973-285-2900, or email Detective/Supervisor Leah Atterbury at

Anyone with information who may be seeking to remain anonymous can contact Morris County Sheriff’s CrimeStoppers at, 973-COP-CALL, or the free “P3 Tips” app on any mobile device.