Missing 60-year-old man found dead in river, family says

Richmond family pleads for answers in disappearance of missing 60-year-old man

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The relatives of a 60-year-old Richmond man who had been missing for several days is dead, family members say.

Abraham Jones was found dead on Oct. 22 in the James River, family members confirmed. His family said last week that it’s out of character for the grandfather to not come home or to call any of his relatives.

Jones was last seen leaving work on Coffer Road in south Richmond, where he worked at International Paper.

“He loves his family. He would do anything for his family. He would even put down his life for his family,” Laverne Jones said of her husband.

Fighting tears, she is trying to make sense of what doesn’t feel real. She says when he finished his late night shift Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, he did what he usually does, called a ride-sharing service to get home.

Only, he never arrived.

The next day, his son stopped by his job.

"They told him he did not report to work Wednesday. No call, no show... My husband would never miss work. He would never call into work,” Jones continued.

"[He] never missed a day of work except for a surgery or a vacation he had to take because they made him take it,” Lawanda Dandridge said of her father.

The family says they were told surveillance video in the area shows Jones getting in a light-colored, four-door car near his job when he got off work. The rest is a mystery.

"It sounds like foul play to me. It's out of his character,” Sherod Jones said of his father.

Richmond Police have not confirmed or denied foul play but they are investigating.

Sunday was his 61st birthday.

"Just bring my husband home. What has he done to you? We love him. Just please, just bring him home,” Jones said.

If you know anything that can help bring answers here, the number to call is 804-780-1000.

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