Joseph Randall a private investigator working Jabez Spann’s case told Dateline, NBC News Dateline: Fourteen-year-old football star Jabez Spann had nothing but opportunities in his future., VIDEO: Jabez Spann’s family reacts to new case developments exposed by private investigator Joseph Randall
Wednesday, December 06, 2017
The grandmother of a missing Sarasota teen reacts to the new developments in the case. NBC News Dateline: Fourteen-year-old football star Jabez Spann had nothing but opportunities in his future. But as the search for the missing Florida teen reaches the three-month mark, his family is left with nothing but questions. His mom, Tawana Spann, told Dateline she spoke to him that night. Tawana told Dateline that the next morning, Jabez’s maternal grandmother, with whom he lived, grew worried when she learned he hadn’t gone to school.
“He was a teaching assistant and a star football player,” Tawana said. “His career and football was what he really thrived off, so when he didn’t go to school, that’s when she got worried.” Tawana stayed up for the next 24 hours, trying to figure out where her son could be. She contacted all of his friends – nobody knew where Jabez was. Tawana called the police to report her son missing. “They put out a missing person’s alert – but then Hurricane Irma hit,” she said. “When Irma hit, that was the last time his cell phone pinged. After the hurricane, they realized this young man is missing for real.”
According to Tawana, just as the family was wrapping up a search in late October, a man approached them and wanted to help. Their efforts for that day were done, but the man, Reginald Parker, said he had information that could help them: he said he knew why Jabez disappeared. Reginald said that, on August 28, he had witnessed the fatal shooting of Travis Combs in Sarasota. He said he wasn’t the only witness, though – he said Jabez was there, too. “He told us that Jabez was coming out of a friend’s house when [Travis] was shot,” Joseph Randall a private investigator working Jabez Spann’s case told Dateline. “Jabez yelled something along the lines of, ‘Y’all shot him!’” Parker told the private investigator that while the suspects in Travis’s death saw Jabez at the scene, they didn’t see him. One of the suspects then allegedly drove off in the car and the others fled on foot. Because of this account, Jabez’s family believes Jabez disappeared because he saw who killed Travis.
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