Family Organizes Support Group


Meridian, Miss. The family of Tadarius Jones, missing for two years, holds out hope of finding him and is trying to help others at the same time.

Jones was 27 when he disappeared in August 2011. His car was found a few days later but he never was, despite numerous searches, and pleas to the public for help.

As his family continues to hope he'll be found, they've organized a Saturday event for people in a similar situation.

His mother, Tabitha Jones, never wants the community to forget, or stop looking for her son. The community prayer service will be in downtown Meridian at Dumont Plaza starting at 5 p.m.

Jones invites everyone who is searching for someone or who has a loved one who is a victim to bring their loved one's pictures for a victim's picture table that will be featured at the event. Jones says it helps to bring people together who understand

"We get together for support because going through what we've gone through, Jimmy (Tadarius' father) and I, and the family, it's just so hard and so tough for us and just having support from your church family, and people that know how to pray is a big help," said Jones. "Helps us get through a situation like this.' "

Jones founded the organization Life and Love Missing Persons Support Group. She says its colors are red for the love the families have and purple for life. She said she hopes everyone will wear red or purple to the community prayer service as a show of support.

Jones says it's hard to mark two years searching for her son, but the family will never give up hope in his case:

"The search for Tadarius is going slow. The case is still open," Jones said. "Capt. Harper let me know that it's still open, and we're just believing that, as we do these different events, somebody will be touched by these events and somebody will please, please call the Meridian Police Department with some kind of information on where Tadarius is."


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