A mother from Petersburg is making a desperate plea for answers in the disappearance of her son. February 10th marks one year since Deonta Harrison, 25, mysteriously vanished from Petersburg. His family refuses to give up hope in finding him. Loved-ones held a heartbreaking vigil, Sunday, to rally support for Deonta.
Deona's family wants the people who know what happened, to come forward. Other leads have dried up. At this point, it's likely going to take someone speaking up, even anonymously, to crack this case.
The crowd honoring Deonta held candles, and signs, many which referenced witnesses coming forward. One poster read, "silence is not the answer." That sentiment is shared by everyone who loved Deonta Harrison.
His mother, Brenda Harrison, shed one of countless tears. "He just disappeared. No one could tell me who he was with, what went on, where he's at," said Brenda Harrison.
Deonta was last seen walking on Dunlop Street in Petersburg, close to where he lives, during the early morning of February 10th, last year. He was reportedly meeting up with friends. However, no one seems to know exactly who, or what happened.
"I know someone knows exactly what happened to Deonta," continued Brenda Harrison.
A year later there are still no answers. Petersburg Police Chief John Dixon urged the gathering for a break in the case.
"I want to reach out to the Petersburg community, and say, ‘Look, somebody out there knows something. Please, please help us bring closure to the family and friends," said Dixon.
Hope is not lost, even though fear of retaliation may be keeping mouths silent.
"(Witnesses) might be scared to say something, because a lot of people…are crazy, but the best thing to do is…the right thing," added Curtis Harrison, Detona's older brother.
"Every day, I hope for closure," said Brenda Harrison.
That may never come, unless someone has the courage to end this family's suffering.
No detail is too small. If you know anything, contact Petersburg Crime Solvers. You can do that anonymously by messaging the code PDCASH to 274637. You will then be connected to someone who won't know who you are. Or call, (804) 861-1212.
There is a $10,000 reward for any information leading to Deonta's whereabouts.
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