Braxton Wood and Jayden Thomas.
Sarah Barwacz, WZZM-TV, Grand Rapids, Mich.
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- The so-called "Romeo and Juliet" teenagers who ran away from home together last month, now can't have any type of contact with each other.
On Monday, the two faced a probate judge separately.
Braxton Wood, 14, ran away with his 13-year-old girlfriend, Jayden Thomas, taking the family SUV and after nearly two weeks, they were found in Chicago. The pair, who were last seen Aug. 26, face charges of running away from home. While they can return to school they have to wear a GPS device.
The teens' families said the pair ran away after Jayden's mother told her to stop the relationship because it was getting too serious.
Private investigator Mike Cook was working the case of the missing teens when he got a call from a Chicago tipster.
"He'd seen the report this morning on Good Morning America and did a double take because he was positive he saw Braxton throwing some items away at a gas station."
Police picked up the teenagers, and Cook called the family.
Cook says, "I could feel the sighs come out then, of course they were emotional they were crying, it was a great experience."
The couple had been living out of the Wood family's Ford Explorer, which had run out of gas, and were trying to sell their belongings to get money to leave Chicago.
Cook says teenage love appears to be the motivation to run away.
"From what the parents said, it was a pretty intense romantic relationship for that age."
During their hearings on Monday, neither teenager offered an explanation for what happened. But their families spoke after they left the courtroom.
Sarah Wood, "We appreciate the media's response in this case, we appreciate their part in helping us get the kids home, it's a really hard time for us right now, we do want to thank everybody, but we would appreciate the privacy."
Dawn Peyton says, "The family really needs their privacy to try and put these kids' lives and families back together."
It's not clear whether either teenager will face criminal charges. Both are scheduled to be back in court later this month.