Police still searching for Amir Jennings 1 year after disappearance
Fri, 30 Nov 2012 23:14:33 GMT —
COLUMBIA (WACH) - Where is Amir Jennings?
It is a question the Midlands community has been asking for more than one year.
Amir Jennings was last seen in late November 2011.
Amir's father, Roderick Mitchell, testified in August that the last days he spent with Amir were Nov. 22 and Nov. 29 of last year. Amir was also captured on surveillance video at a bank just before December.
Investigators say the child's mother, Zinah Jennings, first told them in December of last year that she did not have a son, however, she later changed her story stating he was with friends in the Carolinas and Georgia.
Zinah Jennings is now in jail serving time for unlawful conduct toward a child.
Columbia police are still actively searching for the missing boy.
"There is one person that knows what happened to Amir. There is one person that knows where Amir was last at," said Chief Randy Scott.
Jennings refuses to speak with authorities, but that has not slowed down investigators who continue to follow tips and leads daily.
As time goes by, those tips are dwindling, which is making the investigation tougher for authorities.
"Reality is, as days go along, it's harder and harder for us to piece together where Amir is," said Scott.
Chief Scott says a search of the mother's home turned up a shovel and bloody clothes and blankets. Bloodstains belonging to Amir were also found in Jennings' car.
"We have evidence and clues of what happened, but to bring the family closure - or to bring the child back to the family, that is our end goal," said Scott.
Still, with all those clues, authorities and family are not giving up hope. The Jennings' home and neighbors' homes are covered with pictures of Amir.
"Kids in our community - that we're not willing to let go. I don't think the community is going to let go, and I know law enforcement is not going to let go," said Scott.
The search will continue until a young Midlands boy comes home.
If citizens have any information. They can call, text or submit online, their anonymous tip to CrimeStoppers in any of the following ways:
CALL toll-free, 1-888-CRIME-SC.
TEXT to CRIMES (274637), and mark the beginning of the message with "TIPSC, followed by the tip information.
LOG onto: www.midlandscrimestoppers.com, and click on the red "Submit a tip tab.
Tipsters could earn a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect.