It's been a terrible Christmas for Angie Brown and her family. She hasn't seen her 19-year old son, J.J. Willman since Thanksgiving. He went missing two days later.
Now with the help of Regions Bank, Brown has started a reward fund with hopes someone with information on where J.J. is or what happened to him will tell police what they know (more on that at the end of this blog).
I spent about a half an hour Christmas Day with J.J.'s family and interviewed his mother and grandmother for Saturday night's 10pm newscast.
You can't help but feel terrible for these folks. His mom Angie has created a shrine in the living room with framed photos of her son at various stages of his young life, along with candles she keeps lit all day. Angie and her mother, Susan Wetzel-Meyer had to stop themselves a couple times during our interview when they realized they were speaking of J.J. in the past tense.
"I don't like to think that something bad happened to him," Angie told me. "But something bad has happened to him."
Anyone who wants to contribute to the reward for information on J.J. can go to any Regions Bank and give any amount of money to the James Robert Willman III Missing Persons Fund.
Checks can also be mailed to Regions Bank at 4706 S. Kingshighway, St. Louis, MO 63109.
Mark Schnyder is a reporter at KMOV-TV. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.