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Family Fears Missing 12-Year-Old Jaylen Griffin Abducted in Buffalo, New York

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12-year old Jaylen Griffin would often spend time at the stores in his Broadway Filmore neighborhood of Buffalo, New York, where he would offer to carry the customer's bags in exchange for money.

The sixth-grader lived on Warren Avenue with his close-knit family.

Jaylen was extremely close with his mother, Joan Ponzo reports The Buffalo News.

On August 4, 2020, Jaylen walked his new puppy and came back into the house. He told his mother he was going back outside again.

"It wasn't unusual," his mother Joan told People Magazine. "We live near a few stores, and he would carry people's bags, and they'd give him change."

Jaylen has never been seen again.

His family immediately reported Jaylen missing and had him added to the website for National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, reports People Magazine.

According to The Buffalo News, authorities originally classified Jaylen as a runaway.

Then, on November 23, 2020, Jaylen's 18-year-old brother was shot and killed not far from their family home.

Jaylen still did not come home.

Another brother of Jaylen's was shot in February 2021 and thankfully survived, reports The Buffalo News.

"The Buffalo Police Department's Special Victims Unit continues this investigation as an active missing person investigation and are following up on any and all leads that come our way," Deputy Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said in an email to The Buffalo News. "We will continue to work on this case as an active investigation until he is found. We ask anyone with any information or anyone that may have seen Jaylen to please call Buffalo Police."

According to The Buffalo News, Pastor Tim Newkirk of GYC Ministries is the spokesman for Jaylen's family.

Pastor Newkirk is also the founder of Community Action Coalition of Western New York, which assists families of missing children.

Several volunteers have searched and canvassed the city in hopes of finding Jaylen.

The Buffalo News reports Pastor Newkirk said he even has Uber and delivery drivers on the lookout for Jaylen.

There have been reported sightings of Jaylen, and those are the areas the volunteers go door-to-door.

Authorities believe Jaylen is alive, but his family is afraid he is in danger.

"Someone may be holding him," pastor Tim Newkirk told People Magazine. "His parents believe he's alive."

Jaylen Griffin was 5'3" and weighed 145 pounds when he vanished.

If you have any information, please contact the Buffalo Police Department at 716-847-2255.

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