Where’s Malik? Reward offered for missing high school boy; parents are desperate for answers

The parents of a missing teen say they aren’t giving up in the search for their 18-year-old son, who has been missing for nearly seven weeks, WJCL-TV reports.

“I can’t give up hope. That’s our child. That’s my one and only, so it’s not an option,” Michelle Spencer-Ransom said.

Her son, Malik Spencer, a student at Whale Branch High School in Seabrook, South Carolina, disappeared on December 18.

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Spencer-Ransom and her husband, Heyward Ransom, say they have no idea what might have happened to Malik: nothing seemed out of the ordinary at the time he vanished, and going missing and not checking in is out of character.

The parents are urging anyone with information about Malik’s whereabouts to speak with police.

“It just tears me apart, it’s just tearing the family apart,” Spencer-Ransom told WTGS-TV. “I believe there are several people who know what happened to him.”

The night before he disappeared, Malik sent a message on Facebook to a girl had initially planned to take to school the following day.

“He was telling her that he could not pick her up for school because he had something to do,” Spencer-Ransom said.

But Malik never showed up for school or for his job at the local Wendy’s. That’s when his parents reported him missing to police.

“Three days later, they found his car out in St. Helena Island in a very rural area,” Ransom said. “As far as we know, he doesn’t really know anybody out in that area — we don’t know anybody out in that area — we don’t even go in that area.”

Police conducted a search but could not locate Malik. Investigators with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office say they have reason to suspect foul play, but while they have received some tips about the case, they still need more specific details.

A $4,000 reward is being offered for information that will lead to Malik’s whereabouts.

Donations to help in the search effort can be made to Navy Federal Credit Union to the account “Bring Malik Back” or on the app Zelle.

“I’m believing in my heart that he hears me, that God hears me, and that he’s going to honor our pain and he’s going to bring my son back,” Spencer-Ransom said.

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[Feature Photo: Malik Spencer/Facebook]