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Father of missing Harnett man: ‘Not knowing’ is the hardest part

December 20, 2018
Jamelle Corneilus Brown

Jamelle Brown disappeared from his home near Cameron in Harnett County on Nov. 24. Now, his family is praying for a Christmas miracle.

“I do want my son home. Somebody knows something,” his father, James Brown, said. “He didn’t just disappear like that.”

Jamelle Brown, 30, who has bipolar disorder, was last seen in his home on Sawyer Road around 10 p.m. His family said the front door was opened and closed at 11:16 p.m.

“He just works and comes home. That’s his routine,” James Brown said.

He said when his son left the house, he did not have his ID, wallet or medications.

“We didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary with his actions, with his routine. Everything still seemed normal,” Brown said.

“I have a feeling that someone may have picked him up, or he met up with someone. But we don’t know.”

Detective Josh Teasley with the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office doesn’t think Jamelle Brown was kidnapped.

“There’s nothing nefarious that we could tell, that the family could tell,” he said.

Bloodhounds have turned up nothing and reports of sightings have fizzled.

“That is exactly what makes it frustrating. A guy who does all the right things, a good guy, just disappears,” Teasley said.

His parents say he’s never just disappeared.

“Not knowing whether he’s dead or alive is the hardest part,” James Brown said.

Deputies said Jamelle Brown was last seen wearing shorts, a T-shirt and possibly a black hooded sweatshirt.

Anyone with information can call the sheriff’s office at 910-893-9111 or 911.

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