Jabez Spann 14-year-old missing; may have seen foul play; police say rumors

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Missing Person Florida – Jabez Spann

April 17, 2018 – Authorities stated that human remains have been found along a canal that runs under Gillespie Avenue, near 19th Street. The area is near where Jabez Spann was last seen.  The family is waiting for identification on the remains and are very upset as they wait for results.  Authorities state it may be a while before they find out who it is.

UPDATE 12/22/17 – According to a report Jessica Clark, 30, of Bradenton was killed when she walked in front of a car driven by Jabez Spann’s mother.

The FBI Tampa Division, Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Sarasota Police Department have pooled funds to increase the reward. The FBI is contributing $44,000, FDLE is contributing $5,000 and the Sarasota Police Department is contributing $1,000, according to police, reports Bradenton.  Authorities are still receiving tips about the case and they are still investigating Jabez’ whereabouts.

Original Story:

Jabez Spann, 14,  has been missing from Sarasota, Florida since Sept. 4, 2017.   Spann was last seen on Labor Day, Sept. 4, near the 1500 block of 23rd Street at a Labor Day barbecue with his family. His grandmother said later she saw him cross the street and thought he was going to a friend’s, but when he didn’t return on Sept. 5, she called the police and reported him missing.

There has been speculation in the Newtown community that Jabez may have witnessed a violent crime.  Chief Dipino told Fox 13 that she’s heard that rumor too but detectives have not received any credible tips that would validate it.

Please take a minute to watch Jabez’ family talk about him.  It is very powerful!

Spann is 5-foot-9, 120 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a turquoise shirt.

 

Anyone who has information is asked to contact Detective Megan Buck at 941-954-7067.

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