Sunday marked two weeks since David Grunwald, 16, disappeared. The Palmer teen’s family spent Thanksgiving the same way they’ve spent every day since then — working to bring him home.

Hundreds of volunteers have searched daily on foot and by other means, some even bringing K-9s to assist. Despite that, all Edith Grunwald knows is that her son didn’t come home after dropping his girlfriend off at her home in Palmer on Nov. 13, and then the next day, his Ford Bronco was found burned on a dirt trail in Wasilla, near Schrock Road.

“I’m horrified. I’m scared to death. We’re terrified, both of us,” Edith Grunwald said. “My whole family, they just can’t believe this. When I was 12, my father was murdered, so, you know, how much tragedy can a family have?”

She believes someone out there has information that could end the nightmare they’re living. That’s why David Grunwald’s family is now offering a $10,000 reward. They’re hoping it’ll be enough incentive for whoever knows where David Grunwald is to come forward.


“He’s the love of our lives, and people who have kids understand this,” his mother said. “Somebody knows something, and we need it to find David.”

Brenda Paradise, a private investigator with Guardian Search and Investigations who is working the case pro bono, said they’ve received roughly 20 tips on their anonymous tip line so far, and she’s hopeful the calls will continue. She’s also asking for anyone in the Palmer/Wasilla area to keep an eye out for signs of David.

“If there are any anomalies, anything that might catch our attention before the snow falls, we need to get him found, so any hunters, any pilots, any land owners, please keep your eyes open for us and help us out,” Paradise said.

Paradise also said David Grunwald’s case is “very potentially a criminal investigation.”

As of Sunday evening, the GoFundMe account for search expenses had raised more than $2,500. Grunwald said any money left over will be donated to nonprofit groups that deal with missing person cases.

You can leave an anonymous tip at 907-290-8999.

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Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated a GoFundMe account was being used to fund a reward, rather than search-related expenses. This has been amended.