Calls from payphone, family waits for more information
USF student Bradley Bennett, a 32-year-old fine arts major who has been reported missing since early January, made contact with his family last Sunday February 16, according to his father Steve Bennett.
Bennett called his family from a pay phone near Lake Oroville, CA, 162 miles north east of San Francisco, after being encouraged to do so by a park ranger. The conversation lasted about six minutes.
“[Bradley] seems to be on a spiritual journey,” said Steve Bennett, later adding, “he did 80 percent of the talking in the six minutes, and not a lot of info was exchanged. I don’t really know where he is still — we’re just anxiously waiting to hear from him again.”
Steve Bennett said there is no animosity between Bradley Bennett and his family, nor does Bradley feel any negativity towards USF.
Bradley Bennett served in the military, and his family is a little concerned by the possibility of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, said his father, though Bennett has been through all the evaluations of the Veteran Mental Health Program.
“The situation, as far as we’re concerned, is not over until we really know his intentions and are satisfied with his overall wellbeing,” said Steve Bennett. “It’s a big step in the right direction, but we are by no means done with the situation. We’re just trying to take it a day time.”