Meridian, Mississippi It's been almost two years since a local man disappeared without a trace. Since then, his family has been hoping someone will come forward with information about the disappearance of Tadarius Jones.
There's never a day that goes by that the family of Julius Tadarius Jones doesn't stop praying for his safe return. As the two year anniversary of his disappearance approaches, family members and the community are preparing to gather once again.
"We haven't forgotten him, not one day," Jimmy Whitehead says of his son. "And so, we just kind of want to honor him."
This won't be the first prayer service for Tadarius. Over the past two years, Newscenter 11 has been invited to attend numerous services in honor of Tadarius, including one last August in front of the site where his car was located, not long after he went missing. Also, a private prayer service during the holiday season.
"Because we was in so much hurt and pain," Whitehead admits.
Earlier this year, the case received national attention when it was featured on the cable show "Find Our Missing." Now, Jones mother Tabitha has helped organize the "Life and Love" missing persons support group. The group already has several members and it provides support for those who have missing loved ones.
"If you have a victim, child, of any kind, then you're welcome to this group," Jones explains. "And what we do is sit around and we just help each other through our hurt and pain."
"But maybe the next time someone goes missing here in Meridian, we will have the whole city backing them," Whitehead adds. "Searching and we'll find them."
A community prayer service is set for Saturday, August 17th at 5 p.m. at Dumont Plaza. It is open to the public.