CLAIBORNE PARISH, La. (KNOE) - On Tuesday, community members near Claiborne Parish announced they will be hosting a new search to find Rondreiz "Junior" Phillips. This comes after the public search was suspended by law enforcement this past Sunday. Savannah Dwairi and her two friends said they want to make sure Junior is always being looked for.
Community stepping up for missing boy.
"If this was my child, there's no way I'd want anyone to stop looking for him," Dwairi said.
Junior went missing from his front yard on April 5th in the 100 block of Howard Road in Lisbon/Homer. The pain of not knowing where he is is taking a toll on the entire community, especially his mother.
"She says she looks outside and she can tell everyone has given up on Junior," Dwairi said.
Dwairi and her friends said "They don't know what happened. He could have wandered, could've been abducted, anything could have happened to him, no one knows." They also said rumors are not helping bring him home.
"For every negative comment, there's someone that's in your corner, that's praying for you, that's in your corner," said Sha'ron, another community member helping organize the search.
Family members said a fake Facebook profile has been made using the mother's name, Shelia Phillips. The user is asking for money and the family said it is not them.
The ladies have put together a vigil for Junior. It is scheduled to be held on Thursday, April 12th at Sharon Baptist Church at 6:30 p.m. They are asking everyone to be at the church at 6 p.m. The church is located off of Highway 152.
Junior was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, jeans, and rubber boots. Anyone with information is asked to get in touch with police.