The Lost Boy
The news traveled quickly and soon the Stayner house was flooded with hundreds of people who wanted to see if the news was true, to get more details, and to await Steven's homecoming on March 2.
The media soon inundated
At Steven's first press conference after returning home (which
Upon his return home, little Timmy White said that he'd enjoyed his short time with Steven: the older boy had frequently played with him, watched him when Parnell was gone, and read comic books to him.
Steven's homecoming would not be without problems, however, as he had trouble transitioning from Parnell's lack of supervision and readily accessible drugs and cigarettes to the stricter Stayner household. A lawyer who knew Steven during this period told The Merced Sun-Star of Stevens acting out and living dangerously, but described Steven at heart as a nice young man.
Steven later described these same days to Newsweek: "I returned almost a grown man, and yet my parents saw me ... as their seven-year-old. [The family is] all emotionally strained."
And there were more tough times to come.