Where is Grayson? Vol.: 2

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What happened to Grayson Barnes? (Volume Two)...

Eventually, within months, the investigation of my son’s strange disappearance grew cold. There were no new leads.

Even with the unknown phone number we had, it was impossible to trace it back to someone.

The call was made on a prepaid phone, those you buy at Walmart or Best Buy. It’s completely untraceable. Anyone can purchase the small cellular device and activate it at home.

The only hope I held onto was being able to determine where exactly the cell phone was purchased. Perhaps, like that the detectives can look through CCTV footage and identify who might have bought the phone. But then again, it’s like finding a needle in a haystack.

Besides, locating the person who made the call to Grayson on the night he was last seen; doesn’t guarantee answers.

Soon thereafter, rumors began spreading, and of course, I caught wind of it.

My husband suggested to hire a private investigator to keep this case active. After all, people move on and forget.

Private investigator Pete Sanders is a retired Law Enforcement detective and he treated our son’s disappearance with due diligence.

He began re-interviewing neighbors, and friends and pretty much anyone on Grayson’s campus. Including professors, custodians just about anyone who ever had so much as a handshake with Grayson.

We learned new information about Grayson’s life with each interview. Some of the testimonies were questionable, others I am not so sure.

One of Grayson’s closest friends; Jerome and his girlfriend Ashley; told William and I that Grayson was having stress-related issues with classes. Jerome says that according to Grayson; he fantasized with leaving it all behind and running away to Mexico. Somewhere where nobody knew him. Perhaps, a place where he felt he had room to make mistakes and not be the perfect son his parents expected him to be.

Now, I cannot say with certainty that I believe this story that Jerome and Ashley have told me, however, if it were true that meant Grayson pursued his wish and had simply ran away. And that meant he is safe somewhere. But on the other hand, how can my son have felt this way? To feel as if his father and I expected him to be perfect which isn’t the case at all. Both Grayson and his younger brother Daniel, were raised to pursue whatever they wanted, whatever made them happy, just as long as they did it well.

Another new development came from one of Grayson’s neighbors, he failed to tell this to the police saying that at the time he didn’t make much of it, but he informed Private Detective Sanders that he might have seen someone going into the building in the middle of the night wearing a hooded gray sweater. But he was unable to identify the gender of this mysterious hooded-sweater-wearing person. And he also couldn’t determine if perhaps, it was someone who lived within the complex.

I set up a $5,000 reward to anyone with information regarding my son’s disappearance. But every possible lead we received just wasn’t good enough to crack this investigation.

What did happen to Grayson? And will we ever know?


Two years after Grayson Barnes was reported missing, skeletal remains were found partially buried in a wooded area just twelve miles South from Grayson’s apartment. Upon further DNA examination; it was determined to be the body of would-have been twenty-three-year-old College student Grayson Barnes. The autopsy revealed Grayson was killed by blunt force trauma to the head. His skull had multiple fractures possibly made by a sharp object. To this day the murder weapon has not been found, and nobody has been held accountable for Grayson Barnes’ death. How Grayson disappeared and wound up murdered in a wooded area; remains unknown.

Who killed Grayson Barnes?


To be continued…

Submitted: May 04, 2018

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Adam L.

What a twist, Lis! I'm convinced the answers are just as captivating as this mystery! We want more!!

Fri, May 4th, 2018 3:28pm


Thank you so much, Adam :) Part 3 will be a new development coming soon!

Fri, May 4th, 2018 8:42am

Jeff Bezaire

A clever piece, my dear! Just as compelling and gripping as the first volume! I like how you've revealed the end result, but the mystery lives on. New details and new insight into both Grayson and the events of that night shift the picture, but give no clear answers; only create more questions. Bravo on such a spectacular job! You have an incredible gift for writing murder mysteries!
This story was well worth waiting an extra day! You've shaped these volumes up real nice. Congratulations on such amazing stories!

Fri, May 4th, 2018 6:00pm


Why, thank you, Jeff! :) I've created quite the challenge for myself. But I will be back, this time with the solving of his murder.

Fri, May 4th, 2018 1:32pm

Mike S.

NOT a happy ending for Grayson, but excellent continuation, J. B!

Fri, May 4th, 2018 6:10pm


Thank you very much, Mike :)

Fri, May 4th, 2018 1:31pm

Sue Harris

So now its definitely a murder investigation. Look forward to the conclusion, JB. Well done!

Fri, May 4th, 2018 9:24pm


Thank you very much, Sue :)

Fri, May 4th, 2018 2:29pm


Who indeed! Can't wait for the next part, jaylisbeth.

Fri, May 4th, 2018 9:24pm


Thank you so much, Hully :)

Fri, May 4th, 2018 2:28pm

Joy Shaw

Nice mystery you’ve woven here. Keeps us captivated and wanting more.

Sat, May 5th, 2018 12:33pm


Thank you, sweet Joy :)

Mon, May 7th, 2018 6:42am


Remember those serials we used to watch long ago. ''Next week find out what happened to............. the suspense is too much. Nice writing. Come on! Let's have it.

Sat, May 5th, 2018 2:22pm


Ha! Thank you, John :)

Mon, May 7th, 2018 6:42am


Way to pull the rug from under the reader! Spectacular job here girl!

Sat, May 5th, 2018 6:56pm


Thank you, my dear Spy :)

Mon, May 7th, 2018 6:41am


I have to say that this story is the best writing you have ever done. It is written in a way that is so professional, like an FBI agent is writing their report on this crime. Each word is so clear and precise, and your written English is so outstanding that if this were a full novel, it could be your big hit. The pacing is excellent, slow and methodical, and that allows you to reveal new information, while keeping the mystery as vague as possible. This to me feels like Slasher season three, but in a slower and more methodical set up, for a more mystery plot. I admire certain details you put, like the neighbour not telling the police about the hoodie wearing person, because they thought it was irrelevant. Things like that add more to the mystery. And to reverse things in the next part, message me about that, I have an idea. I love the end part about Grayson's body being found, because that was a great twist. I really believe this is the best writing you have ever done, because this is brilliant. I see your future in the crime and mystery genre :)

Sun, May 6th, 2018 9:50pm


Why, thank you so much, Dexter! I am honored, really :)

Mon, May 7th, 2018 6:40am

Ethan Howard


Your story hooked me from the first sentence. It was well written and the pace kept me a bit on edge. Now that the remains have been found, I look forward to this mystery unfolding.

Mon, May 7th, 2018 3:47am


I really appreciate you taking the time to read my work :)

Mon, May 7th, 2018 6:39am

Criss Sole

Poor Grayson. I was honestly hoping he would be found alive and well. Now I am really curious to see what happened!

Mon, May 7th, 2018 7:51am


Thank you so much for reading, Criss :) I am in the works for the 3rd installment.

Mon, May 7th, 2018 6:37am

Tom Allen714

Great story Jaylisbeth, I was surprised at his death still trying to figure out who the killer is...Tom...

Sun, May 20th, 2018 2:53pm


Thank you, Tom :) I am actually working on part 3.

Mon, May 21st, 2018 6:39am

Angela Villaverde

I was about to say, giiirl, I’ve been watching enough Forensic Files to know that phone can be traced back! Lol. And the cause of death was also very Forensic Files of you. Anything you want to tell me? Haha! Good follow up! Wondering what kind of twist you have for the murderer. Give it up!

Tue, May 22nd, 2018 4:58pm


My lips are sealed! Lol

Tue, May 22nd, 2018 10:11am



Wed, June 13th, 2018 1:24am


Thank you :)

Tue, June 12th, 2018 6:25pm

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