Search continues for missing teen
JAMESTOWN — A concerned family and the Guilford County Sheriff's Office continue the search for a Jamestown teenager who went missing more than three weeks ago.
Dorien Jackson, a 18-year-old Guilford Technical Community College student, left his family home on Tangle Lane in Jamestown on Jan. 10 and has not been heard from since. Family members, who attend Emmanuel Baptist Church in Thomasville, said Jackson rode his bicycle to a friend's house on Penny Road around midnight, but did not return.
"He left out the door that night," said Betty Jackson, Dorien's mother. "I thought he was coming right back. He had fries in the toaster and a movie on. He didn't take no clothes or anything. Somebody had called here just before he went out the door. I asked [his friend] if he came up there and he said yes. He said [Dorien] left around one in the morning. Between here and there, nobody has seen him. Nobody has seen nothing."
Betty Jackson found her son's bicycle on Jan. 26 in a wooded area near the friend's house and City Lake Park. Deputies searched the park and surrounding vicinity this week, using cadaver dogs and divers, but have yet to turn up any leads regarding Dorien Jackson's whereabouts.
"His bike was just laying there," said Betty Jackson. "It was up in someone's yard near the street, but you couldn't really see it. We had to wait 24 hours to file a missing person. There's been nothing to indicate he's still around here. I would rather know one way or the other. The police haven't been able to tell us anything yet. They were out there searching [Wednesday]."
Jackson's sister, Regina Edwards, said her brother sometimes would leave home for a few days at a time, but never this long. The family constantly monitors Dorien's Facebook page, which Edwards said he always would update, regardless of whether he was home or not. Edwards said she is using the social media site in hopes that one of Dorien's friends may have some information on his whereabouts.
"There's been nothing on his Facebook page, which he lives on," Edwards said. "That's when we really started to worry. We were just looking for any type of activity, but he hasn't logged on from anywhere. Not knowing is the worst part."
Family members and volunteers have posted fliers around their neighborhood and the Five Points area in High Point where Dorien often is seen. Members of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Thomasville also have been assisting with the search.
"We've put fliers up all over Thomasville and High Point," said Jackson. "We're constantly posting things on Facebook and putting up fliers in areas we know he frequents. We're planning on going out again this Saturday to pass out fliers. We want people to know this is out there and we want to keep it moving."
Dorien Jackson was scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 14 for a concealed weapon charge. His family does not believe he was involved in any type of gang activity.
"We don't know what kind of circle he was involved in out there," said Betty Jackson. "He had no money, his wallet is here. He wouldn't have missed his court date because he knew that would've gotten him into more trouble. It's so strange. Nobody has seen or heard anything."
Dorien Jackson, also known as WIZZO, is 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weighs approximately 130 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information is asked to contact GCSO Detective D.K. Jones at 641-5968 or 641-3690, Edwards at 454-5528 or 687-1177 or Emmanuel Baptist Church at 475-1018.
Staff Writer Eliot Duke can be reached at 888-3578, or firstname.lastname@example.org.