The reward for information pertaining to the disappearance of Jabez Spann has increased to $25,000.
Spann, 14, is a 5-foot-9 black male with black hair and brown eyes. He weighs about 120 pounds and was last seen in a turquoise shirt on Sept. 4 in the 1500 block of 23rd Street South in Sarasota. He was attending a Labor Day barbecue with his family. Spann’s mother reported him missing the next day.
A missing child alert was issued on Sept. 18 by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
The information reward jumps from the initial $6,000 offered Sept. 29.
Police have searched areas in Sarasota and northern Manatee County for Spann.
Prior to Hurricane Irma, a reverse 911 call was also conducted in northern Sarasota to elicit information.
Police searched a wooded area where Spann’s cell phone last pinged with K-9’s and helicopter support but found no evidence to help find the boy. There have been no traces of the teen on social media either, which concerns police.