Volunteers continue searching for missing Sarasota teen Jabez Spann

Jabez Spann

SARASOTA, Fla. (WFLA) – Jabez Spann, a young Sarasota teen vanished without a trace on Labor Day.

A month later, his family, friends are still searching and spreading word of the 14-year-old’s disappearance as detectives try to figure out the exact circumstances that led to it.

Dozens of volunteers in Sarasota spent Sunday trying to piece together clues, searching through the woods near the 2800 block of Newton Boulevard in Sarasota.

One volunteer, Alton Lily said he doesn’t know the teen personally, but told SNN a missing child is his worst nightmare and he’s willing to move mountains to find Jabez.

“We’re going, wherever, we are knocking on doors, wherever we go I’m following,” said Lily. “I can’t even imagine, when my mom was a kid she was kidnapped, they found her, and they found her, so it’s just having kids and doing whatever for the community.”

Spann was last seen in the 1500 block of 23rd Street before Hurricane Irma hit the area. He has black hair and brown eyes.

A week ago, Spann’s grandmother, who he lives with, made a tearful plea to the public to help bring him home.

“Please, please bring him back home,” she said. “The house is so empty without him. He’s my baby. Please, I’m begging you.”

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Sarasota Police Department are offering a $6,000 reward for information leading to his recovery.

If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of Jabez Spann, call 941-366-TIPS or 941-316-1201 or 911.


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