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Father of missing Morehouse student pleads for son's safe return

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A large crowd of family and friends prayed Tuesday night for missing Morehouse College student, Ben Jones, asking that he come home alive and safe.

About 150 people gathered outside the church 22-year-old Jones attends in his hometown of Roswell. His parents spoke to the crowd and thanked them for their prayers.

"I don't know how I can get through this without crying. So bare with me," said his stepmother, Millicent Jones. "This is a parent's worst nightmare."

Ben Jones was last heard from May 17, graduation day at Morehouse College. His childhood friend spoke to him last that morning.

"We worked out actually a week ago on Thursday and he seemed fine," explained Duvall Smith. "He didn't have any anxiety as far as graduation. And then I talked to him again on Saturday. He said he was doing something for a job and then that's the last time anybody had spoken to him."

Richard Jones said he and his wife are trying to stay positive. But, it is all very tough to wrap their minds around.

"He is loved, he is a special kid. I know that God has a special plan for him," Richard Jones said at the prayer vigil.  "And there is no disappointment, nothing that he is dealing with that we can't handle together."

Everyone in the crowd held hands as the pastor of World Harvest Church on Hardscrabble Road in Roswell led them in prayer.

Richard Jones told them, "We know God will restore him in perfect health and we thank you so much for your prayers."

His father said he talked to his son that Friday and didn't suspect anything out of the ordinary. When his son didn't show up for the graduation he got worried and then realized through school officials that his son was not on the graduation list.

"There was a term fee of $800 he didn't pay," Richard Jones said. "They won't give me access to his class grades, but even if he was failing every class this is out of the ordinary for my son."

Richard Jones said they tried to track His son's credit cards and cell phone but were unsuccessful. So far, there have been no transactions on his credit card since May 17 at a gas station in Roswell. The last phone call was to his mother the Friday before graduation.

"His mother spoke to him around 8 o'clock Friday evening and she said she called him just to ask if everything was all set for graduation," Richard Jones said. "And he said he was busy right now because he was trying to get something back from someone but would call her back later."

Richard Jones did not know what he was trying to get back, and said none of his friends knew either. A text message was sent from Ben's cell phone Saturday afternoon saying he was on his way to the graduation but he never showed up. The phone was off for the next week and recently turned back on Saturday. They tried to track the location of it but were unsuccessful.

The father had this message for his son.

"Ben if you are listening, Ben please know we love you, we miss you. There is a big hole in our heart and our home right now," he said.

If you have any information on Ben Jones' whereabouts, please call the Roswell Police Department at 770-640-4100.

He was driving a Gold Lexus RX-300 with a GA tag BCP 5147.

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