Where is Grayson? Vol.: 1

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What happened to Grayson Barnes?

Submitted: May 02, 2018

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My son, Grayson Barnes went missing exactly eighteen months ago. It is presumed he went missing from his small apartment on a cold night sometime in November.

My husband; Grayson’s father and I, along with friends, family members, the police and volunteers; have been actively searching for Grayson since the very moment I was notified of his disappearance.

Now, let me tell you a little bit more about my son. Grayson was born twenty-one years ago in a small town in Pennsylvania. He is my first-born child with my husband William Barnes.

Grayson is a bright young man and his childhood was just like any other.

At eighteen years of age, Grayson graduated high school with honorable grades and quickly got into college.

Grayson moved out on his own soon after his eighteenth birthday, I remember very vividly how his father and I along with my youngest son helped Grayson move into his cozy apartment exactly two miles away from campus.

As any mother, I was overwhelmed with the move, Grayson had grown up in front of my own eyes and I still felt the urge to protect him. However, I respected his independence and so I kept my concerns to myself.

For a few years everything was well. Grayson still lived relatively closed to us and so we would see him every weekend. He was very studious and had many friends. All his close friends would describe him as charming and funny. And as far as we know; he had no known enemies. Not even so much as bad blood with his ex-girlfriends. Which leads us with questions; who would want Grayson out of the picture? And why?

In these past months, I have not slept or rested. I don’t want to think that my son; the brilliant Biology major has gone missing without a trace.

This is what we know thus far; on the last night Grayson was seen, he met with friends at a nearby bar at around 9 P.M. according to his friends, Grayson left between 11 P.M. to 11:30 P.M. he said he had a Biology exam the following morning. Grayson took his studies extremely seriously.

A neighbor walking his dog spotted Grayson’s vehicle parking right in front of his two-story building. He stepped out of the car holding his portfolio and waved goodbye to the neighbor and walked upstairs to his place.

Another neighbor living on the floor below Grayson’s heard a loud thump from the floor above, sometime that night. She said she simply assumed her neighbor above had, perhaps, fallen off his bed. She made nothing of it.

The following day, Grayson’s closest friends grew worried when he didn’t show up for his Biology exam. It was a mid-term test and everyone who knew Grayson understood very well that this was undoubtedly unusual and completely out of character. His friends reported him missing that very same day after numerous calls to Grayson’s cell phone went unanswered.

His best friend; Ryan, was the first one to call me to notify me of my son’s sudden disappearance. I felt right away; that something was terribly wrong. I quickly felt light-headed and with a sour feeling in the pit of my stomach.

With the detectives in this case; we accessed Grayson’s apartment. I had an extra key he had given to me the very day he moved in. “A spare key for you, mom, now you have nothing to worry about”, he had told me on move-in day with that beautiful smile.

His apartment looked exactly as he had left it. A few dishes in the sink. He left the clothes he would wear the next day for class laid out on top of one of the chairs in the dining table. A custom he’s always had.

But his wallet along with his car and apartment keys were placed on the table. His cell phone was there too. The call log seemed to be wiped out cleaned along with his Messages. The only calls he had were the ones that his friends made to his phone when he failed to show up for his exam.

What happened? Was the million-dollar question.

Grayson’s portfolio with all his drawings were at his place, too. He didn’t go anywhere without it. Grayson loved to draw and spent his time when he wasn’t studying for his classes doing this.

Nothing was missing from his apartment. There were no bank withdrawals, no credit card charges, no reported sightings from witnesses, no nothing! No traces, no clues…. No Grayson.

But where is Grayson?

His cellphone company provided his last statement; and there, out of all the phone calls outbound and incoming that were eventually identified; one phone number stood out. This number appeared as an incoming call to Grayson on the last night he was seen. The call lasted a minute and seven seconds, and then, Grayson was gone.

What happened to Grayson Barnes?

 

To be continued on volume: two…


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