GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) - A Gautier mother says it has been nearly a month since her 24-year-old son went missing, and police have still not been able to find him. This mother refuses to lose hope. She and family members are now ramping up their efforts to locate their loved one.
Delaina Moore is now knocking on doors and talking with Gautier homeowners on the south side of town to find her son.
"I am not going to rest until I put my hands on Desmond Moore," said Moore.
The worried mother said Desmond was last seen in the area on Aug. 30, when he left her house to meet some friends at Pizza Hut. So, Moore felt this area would be a great place to look.
"Basically, I just want to know if he is still alive, where he is, if he is hurt or is he okay. I just want to know," said Moore.
Gautier police said they are working with the Jackson County Sheriff's Department as well as the FBI and MET on the case to find the missing person. Moore is pleading with them to increase their efforts.
"I want them to do more for me. I want my child found," said Moore.
Moore said family and friends have also stepped up the search for Desmond.
"I have been on the radio speaking out, speaking out with you (WLOX) and working the Facebook and Instagram," said Moore.
Desmond's grandmother, Eloise Howard, traveled from Georgia to help. She admits her grandson's disappearance has been difficult on the family.
"It is something that you see on TV and horror movies and such. I never, never expected or dreamed that we would be going through something like this," Howard said.
Moore agrees, but said she will not give up the fight to find her son.
"This could be your child on this flyer. Call in with any tip. I am begging, pleading anybody who thinks they know anything," said Moore.
If you have any information about Desmond's whereabouts, you are asked to call the Gautier Police Department at (228) 497-2486.