Twenty-eight year old Julius O’Neal Owens was reported as a missing person November 7, 2012. Since then there has been no trace of him. Yesterday his mother, Vera Owens, made an emotional appeal for information about her son who has a mental health condition.
At a press conference at the Statesboro Police Department Thursday she pleaded for “somebody (with) a conscience, a heart, whether he’s living or dead…just think about it. No mother would want to go through this.”
Two days after he was last seen by his family police found his car at Campus Evolution Village, known as The Pointe at Southern at the time. An intense search of the area by Statesboro city and University Police, and Bulloch County Sheriff’s deputies failed to turn up any information.
Police spokesman Cpl. Justin Samples said considering how long Owens has been missing and from evidence found in the vehicle at the time which he declined to reveal due to the continuing investigation, they suspect foul play in his disappearance.
Vera Owens said Julius was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia but was responding to treatment. She said he had a routine and would call her every day and visit his youngest brother. When she was unable to contact him after several calls she said she felt something was wrong.
Anyone with any information as to the whereabouts of Julius O’Neal Owens is asked to contact the Statesboro Police Department at 764-9911.