Tears rolled down the face of Julie Burks, mother of missing 19-year-old Donovan “DJ” Jones, as she spoke about her son.
“I don’t understand,” she said. “I’m helpless. It’s like I want to be there for me, but I don’t know which way to turn. It’s like looking for a needle in a haystack.”
The five-day community search yielded no new information from Zachary Police. The family has now offered $10,000 for information that could bring her son home.
“I’m not trying to get anyone in trouble or anything, I just want my child safe. You could drop him off at the end of the street, the hospital, police station, I don’t care. I just want my child home safe,” said Burks.
She said DJ was last seen at home at 1 p.m. That day he wanted to go to bible study and visit his late grandfather’s grave. They never got to go before he vanished.
“He’s a good kid. He wouldn’t hurt anyone. He never met a stranger, had a big personality, a big smile, lovable person. I don’t see why anyone would harm my child,” she said.
The pair bonded over their love of music. He had dreams of playing cymbals for some of the top marching bands in the country.
The community came together to lift up this family in love at a prayer vigil at New Pilgrim Baptist Church in Zachary on Feb. 20.
Concerned community member W.A. Hutchinson stopped by the church to see if he had been found yet.
“I said, ‘Oh, let me stop and see what’s the latest,’ you know, have they found him? Have they heard anything because we [are] always hopeful,” said Hutchinson.
She said her prayers go up for his safe return home.
“I’m hoping for a miracle. I’m hoping for a miracle,” she added.
If you have any information that could help the search we have ways you can call the Zachary Police Department at 225-654-9393.