Jabez Spann was a 14-year-old boy who went missing on September 4, 2017, after attending a candlelight vigil for a man who was killed in a shooting in Sarasota, Florida. His skeletal remains were found more than a year later, on February 19, 2019, in a rural area of Manatee County, Florida. His death was ruled a homicide, but the cause of death and the motive behind his killing are still unknown.
A Witness to a Murder?
One of the theories that emerged after Jabez’s disappearance was that he had witnessed the murder of Travis Combs, the man whose vigil he attended. Combs was shot and killed on August 28, 2017, in a botched robbery by three men. A witness, Reginald Parker, claimed that he saw Jabez and two other boys at the scene of the crime. He said that Jabez exclaimed, “Oh my God.
However, Parker later recanted his statement and denied seeing Jabez that night. The police have not confirmed or denied the connection between Jabez’s disappearance and Combs’s murder. They have also not identified any suspects or persons of interest in either case.
A Community in Pain
Jabez’s disappearance and death have caused immense grief and anger in his family and community. His mother, Tawana Spann, described him as a high-spirited, driven, and helpful teen who loved football and had a bright future ahead of him.
Jabez’s grandmother, Lucille Tillery, who raised him, said that she misses him every day and that he was a good kid who never got into trouble.
The police have also appealed to the public for any information that could help them solve Jabez’s case.
A Mystery That Remains Unsolved
Four years after Jabez’s remains were found, his case remains a mystery that haunts his family and community. The police have not released any details about his cause of death, nor have they made any arrests or named any suspects.
Jabez’s case is one of the many unsolved homicides in the country that leave behind unanswered questions and broken hearts. His family and friends hope that one day they will find out the truth about what happened to him and why he was taken away from them so soon.