A Florida teenager disappeared just one week after witnessing a brutal murder, as reported by Miami Herald.
Jabez Spann, 14, was last seen at a family barbecue on September 4, one week after he is alleged to have witnessed the murder of 31-year-old Travis Combs.
According to a man charged with accessory in that murder, 55-year-old Reginald Parker, Spann happened upon the slaying by accident.
“Oh my God,” Spann said, according to Parker’s account of the incident. “Y’all shot him.”
Police are still searching for the other two men who are alleged to have been involved in Combs’ murder and it is believed they may have kidnapped Spann as an attempt to keep him quiet.
The body of Travis Combs was found in a grassy lot, having suffered a gunshot wound to the upper torso, according to Bradenton Herald.
Parker is currently being interrogated by police and, as of this writing, Spann has been missing nearly three months. He is 5 feet, 9 inches, weighs 120 pounds and was seen wearing turquoise shirt on the day he went missing.
According to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, a local pastor, Kelvin Lumpkin, may have vital information about both cases but, according to his lawyer, has invoked “pastoral privilege,” meaning he has refused to answer any questions from investigators.
“Every communication that my client received regarding this matter (the Jabez Spann case) occurred within the confines of his position as a pastor, and occurred in a confidential manner,” attorney Freeland Eddie wrote, citing state law. “Accordingly, all communications and information is privileged from disclosure pursuant to the clergy communications privilege … Specifically, the privilege means that neither your agency, the State Attorney’s office, nor the court may force my client to speak with you, or answer any questions.”
The FBI, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the Sarasota Police Department have teamed up to offer a $25,000 reward on Spann’s behalf. Anyone with information regarding the teenager’s whereabouts should contact the Sarasota Police Department at 941-316-1201 or Sarasota Crime Stoppers by calling 941-361-8477.
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