SNELLVILLE - Despite Maurqice "Chucky" Jackson's rebellious spirit and newfound penchant for marijuana, it's unlike like him to run away, his mother claims.
The 16-year-old Snellville teen vanished from his home sometime late May 23, leaving behind his mother and five siblings. His mother, Patricia Foggle, made a desperate plea for information Monday leading to her son's whereabouts.
"We don't know if he's alive or dead," she said. "His siblings at home are devastated, just as I am."
Known to friends as "Chucky" or "Chuck," Jackson is an incoming senior at Shiloh High School in Snellville.
Foggle filed a police report the morning of May 24 after she rose for church and found her son gone, his bed perfectly made and all the doors and windows in the home locked, she said.
Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli was unable to locate a copy of the report Monday.
Foggle said the teen had recently started using drugs and has lashed out toward a classmate and her husband. Because of this behavior, Foggle recently took away the teen's cell phone, which eliminates that point of contact, she said.
"I'm trying to get him into a good college," she said, "and all of a sudden he's gone."
The teen's mother fears he could have fled to Lubbock, Texas, to take refuge with his stepfather, but she's had no luck with authorities there, she said. Foggle said he's never tried to run away before.
Jackson's father, whom he's never met, is currently incarcerated, Foggle said.
"I miss him. I just don't know what to say," said Foggle "I need to know he's OK."