GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) - A mother in Gautier is pleading for help from the community to find her son. Mystery surrounds the disappearance of 24-year-old Desmond Moore. According to Gautier police, he was reported missing Sept. 2, and they are not ruling out foul play.
Friends and family members of Desmond spent Sunday passing out flyers around town with his face on it. They are hoping someone can provide the information or clues needed to find him.
"We have been searching the rivers. We have been going to every police department that we can go to, and it just seems that we are out here alone. We are out here as a community and family to do what we have to do," Desmond's cousin Nikkie Riley said.
Delaina Moore is Desmond's mom. She said the last time he was seen was Aug. 30. The 24-year-old reportedly left his mom's house to meet friends at Pizza Hut a few blocks away.
"He does not do this. He is a mama's boy. He is going to call me and say, 'mom, I am over here, or mom I am over there.' I have not received a phone call. He has OCD, so he does not like to be dirty and wear the same clothes, and this is eight days in," Delaina said.
Gautier police said the investigation is still ongoing, and foul play has not been ruled out in this case. Family and friends are worried about Desmond's safety.
"This has been terrifying for us and the whole family. We haven't been able to eat, sleep or get any rest," Riley said.
Still, the group has no plans to stop searching until their loved one is found.
"If we had any clue, we would be there getting him now, but we are not giving up and we are going to find him," said Delaina.
This tearful mom said she definitely needs some support right now. She will keep holding out hope she will see her son again.
"It is devastating, Patrice. It is devastating to not know where your child is. It is the not knowing. The not knowing where my child is killing me," Delaina said about Desmond's disappearance.
Police said Desmond is a black male standing 5' 9" with dreadlocks. If you have any information to help this missing person case, please call the Gautier Police Department at 228-497-2486.