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Julius TaDarius Jones of Meridian was last seen by his family at his home Aug. 14, 2011. The family said Jones was known by his first and middle names, as well as the nickname, "Punkin".

Five months after his disappearance, the 26-year-old's family gathered Tuesday at the site where his car was found just days after his disappearance, vowing to find him.

Despite all the time that has passed and the reward which they have offered, the family says there are still far more questions than answers.

"Friends, relatives, best friends of his friends, nobody can really tell us anything," said Jones' father, Jimmy Whitehead.

"This is very, very unusual,. TaDarius would not have done this to us. We know something has happened," said his mother, Tabitha Jones.

Just over two weeks after his disappearance, a tip to the family about possible foul play involving Jones' disappearance led more than two dozen Meridian police officers to comb through the area around Sowashee Creek in Meridian. That day long search turned up nothing.

"Even after searching his car, police couldn't get any fingerprints from anyone off his vehicle. His phone records did tell us where he may be. The detectives have worked hard to try to help us but there have been no leads from the public. It's like our son just vanished," said Whitehead.

"Nobody can just disappear without anybody knowing something," said Tabitha Jones.

That's why the family is now renting a post office box where people with information about Jones' disappearance may write and leave an anonymous tip.

"Since no one is talking to the police, maybe they'll do it anonymously and let us know something, anything," said Jones' aunt, Lynne Whitehead.

"We're not giving up," said Tabitha Jones. "We're determined to find out what happened to him. We love him so much that this is just not something that we are going to turn into a cold case. We love Julius dearly and we're determined to find out what has happened."

The mailing address for anonymous information about the disappearance of Julius TaDarius Jones is P.O. Box 3103, Meridian, Mississippi, 39303.

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