Parents ask for information on missing teens

By Abigail White

 

Jasmyn Gordon and Jacob Morris have been missing for over nine days. Campbell County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Stuart Herndon said they need “just that one tip” from someone who knows where they are or has seen suspicious activity. The teens' parents have not heard from them since they ran away on Tuesday, Sept. 17. However, the two did make contact with a friend yesterday.

Jasmyn Gordon and Jacob Morris have been missing for over nine days. Campbell County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Stuart Herndon said they need “just that one tip” from someone who knows where they are or has seen suspicious activity. The teens' parents have not heard from them since they ran away on Tuesday, Sept. 17. However, the two did make contact with a friend yesterday.

The two are 15-year-olds who are in 10th grade at Brookville High School. They don’t drive, so they’re believed to have left on foot from Jasmyn’s house on Tuesday night. After yesterday’s contact with a friend, they’re still believed to be on foot. When he left his own home earlier that night, Jacob was wearing a red shirt and jeans, according to his mom.

The passage of more than a week makes Jasmyn and Jacob’s situation unique for Campbell County. “A case where it goes a day, that happens sometimes. But I don’t know of many that we’ve had that go over a week,” Herndon said.  

At an emotional press conference on Friday morning, Jasymn’s mother Julie Nowlin said, “At this point, I am worried about her safety and wellbeing.” Asked what she would want her daughter to know, Nowlin said, “I just want her to know how much I love her. And we just want her home. Just come home. Just come home.” 

Nowlin also had a request for a broader audience, “Thank you, everybody, that’s helping. And keep your eyes and ears open. Just please help get my daughter home safely...” Nowlin wants people to reach out with information—even anonymously. “If anybody knows anything...just please, please, please, please, please just call…” 

Jacob’s mother, Rebecca Morris, has struggled to eat and sleep since he left. “I just want my son Jacob and Jasmyn both to come home,” she said.

Already, the community has offered some assistance. The sheriff’s office responded to two reported sightings of Jacob last Friday near Timberlake Drive. Still, they weren’t able to locate him.  

The community should remain alert and contact the sheriff’s office if they see either child. Herndon noted that there are a lot of houses in the Timberlake area—some vacant. “If you see something suspicious at a house like that—lights turned on or activity where it shouldn’t be—call us and we can come out and check that...” 

The scope of the area where the two could be found is wide. They ran away once before and were located in Bedford. When asked at yesterday’s press conference if she thought they could have gone back to Roanoke where Jasmyn used to live, Nowlin replied, “Possibly.”

Even the beach is a possible destination according to Jasmyn’s mom—though she doesn’t know which beach. “At this point, it’s like a needle in a haystack. We have no idea where to look,” she said at Thursday’s press conference. The previous time the two ran away, they hitchhiked—“a ride from a complete stranger,” as Jasmyn’s mother put it. 

It is possible that someone else is helping the children. According to Herndon, if someone is helping them, that person’s bad choice isn’t the top concern. For him, “getting these young people home to their loved ones” is the priority. 

“There are dangers that are out there,” Herdon said. “We just want them to realize that and come home to their loved ones.”

Anyone with information about the missing teens should call 911 or the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office at (434) 332-9574.