Missing Children’s Day was yesterday in Florida. It was postponed previously due to severe storms in early Sept. One local family interviewed about their missing child is seeking answers to the question where are Mark Degner and Bryan Hayes.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.— Mark Degner and Bryan Hayes walked away from Paxon Middle School on February 10, 2005. They haven’t been seen since. His aunt, Angela Campbell, says, “It has been a very long time and it doesn’t hurt any less.”
Mark’s family wonders everyday if the boys are safe. And they look for Mark everyday, reminding themselves that they’re no longer searching for a 12-year-old. Mark is now 16-years-old. Mark’s aunt, Tonya Nhiev, says, “I’ve had this thought many times. I could be walking right by him. Because they change so much from 12 to 16.”
In the meantime, the family leans on each other for support. And they rely on their strong faith to keep them strong. They also work with the Child Alert Center to make sure Mark’s picture stays in circulation. Mark’s grandmother, Darlene Briggs, says it’s important. “That’s the main thing. Just keep their picture out there and making sure the community is aware that the boys are still missing.”
Anyone with information about the boys is asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.