As Anchorage detectives continue to look for an airman missing now for more than a week, the man's mother made a public plea for help Wednesday.
Judy Davis said she's desperate for clues about the disappearance of her only child, Senior Airman Clinton Reeves. Reeves, 24, was last seen leaving work at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on April 19. The last time anyone heard from him was three days later, and he didn't report for duty the next day. Police later found Reeves' rental car abandoned in Mountain View.
"All of this is stressful and confusing," Davis said. "If anybody knows anything, please, I'm a very forgiving mom, if it was an accident or anything, please contact the Anchorage police and bring my son home."
Police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker said Reeves' red, rented Dodge Avenger is key to finding him. Police discovered it parked in the 300 block of McCarrey Street, in south Mountain View, unlocked and without the keys. Parker said its ignition had not been tampered with or hot-wired. Inside were Reeves' clean uniforms, paperwork, three cases of Dr Pepper and some food, including rice, the police spokesman said.
Parker said it's possible some kind of criminal activity was at play in Reeves' disappearance. But the police spokesman stopped short of saying detectives suspected foul play.
"We don't know what to think at this point, except we have a missing military member with no logical reason for his disappearance," Parker said.
Davis, who arrived Tuesday in Anchorage from California, said she talked to her son just about every day, either on the phone or through text messages. They last spoke April 17 about an insurance claim that had recently been approved after another driver smashed into Reeves' previous vehicle on Easter weekend, totaling it, Davis said. Reeves had just been promoted and didn't seem like he was having problems, other than a sore shoulder from the wreck, she said.
"I had a planned vacation on May 5th to come out here for a week to spend some time with him," Davis said. "So that's why I don't understand why he would just disappear if it was his own thinking. I just don't see him doing that.
"I was here last year and didn't get to go fishing, so I wanted to do that this year," she said.
Davis said she gave detectives a list of phone numbers her son dialed in the days before he vanished. She was heading to Mountain View to put up missing persons flyers Wednesday afternoon, and Reeves' father was scheduled to arrive from Missouri, also on Wednesday.
"My gut's telling me it's not good, if he's been gone this long," Davis said.
Police ask that anyone with information about Reeves' whereabouts or his red Dodge Avenger around the time he went missing call the Anchorage Police Department at 786-8900 or JBER security forces at 552-8550.
Reach Casey Grove at email@example.com or 257-4589.Photos: The search for Clinton Reeves
By CASEY GROVE
Anchorage Daily News