A Morehouse College student mysteriously went missing the Friday before he was supposed to walk across the stage on graduation day.
Ben Jones, 22, was last heard of from his parents when he said he was going to pick up his graduation tickets for last Sunday’s commencement services. However, Richard Jones, Ben’s father, says they never heard from him again.
Georgia police are actively searching Jones, while his family is passing out fliers in an effort to find him. However, police say they aren’t sure if he’s missing due to foul play or because he didn’t want to break his family's heart and tell them he wasn't graduating after all.
Still, Jones doesn't think his son has disappeared because he learned he wouldn't be graduating and family had arrived from all over to celebrate.
"For him to stay away for four days over the disappointment of that would be very, very much unlike him," he said.
He adds that he isn't sure his son even knew he hadn't completed the requirements to graduate.
Jones said the family have been unsuccessful in trying to reach Ben by phone, and that Morehouse Police texted his son on Saturday and got a strange text in response.
“I can't call right now but I'm on the way," the text read.
Jones says his son is a good kid who would never leave his family worrying, and has a message for his son wherever he may be: "Anything that you might be going through; anything you're dealing with, we can work it out," he said.
Police say they got a ping from Ben’s phone Saturday indicating he was at a hotel in Buckhead. He wasn't there when they arrived.
Officers say they're not sure what's going on, but they are currently treating this as a missing-person case.
(Photos from Left: Morehouse College, Courtesy WSBTV-Atlanta)