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Mother frets over vanished son

James "Ricky" Bowen was last seen in the early morning hours of Aug. 19 at his uncle's Lawrenceville home. His family is posting fliers in hopes of gathering information as to his whereabouts.

James "Ricky" Bowen was last seen in the early morning hours of Aug. 19 at his uncle's Lawrenceville home. His family is posting fliers in hopes of gathering information as to his whereabouts.

LAWRENCEVILLE — A Social Circle woman and her family have begun dotting Gwinnett in fliers in hopes of finding her 30-year-old son who vanished in the early morning hours of Aug. 19.

The missing man, James “Ricky” Bowen, had been staying at his uncle’s Davis Road home in Lawrenceville and helping with landscaping jobs.

On the night of Aug. 18, Bowen pedaled a white Trax mountain bike up the road to inquire about a job at Footprints Cafe. Bowen came back at about 2:30 a.m., which is the last time his uncle saw him.

In the morning, Bowen and the bicycle were gone, though his spare clothes, toiletries and other belongings remained, said his mother, Joy Bowen, who reported him missing three days later.

Joy Bowen said her son has no history of running away. To not hear from him for nine days is unusual, she said.

“He calls me every other day to let me know he’s OK,” Joy Bowen said Monday.

Bowen has no cellphone or bank account and was living permanently with his parents in Social Circle, his mother said.

“All we know is my son is gone,” Joy Bowen said. “We have walked every inch of the woods (in the area of the cafe).”

A Lawrenceville police detective said this week there are no updates on Bowen’s whereabouts. He was entered as a missing person into the Georgia Crime Information Center on Aug. 22.

Bowen is described as 6 feet tall, 190 pounds with blue eyes and short brown hair.

Anyone with information on Bowen’s whereabouts is asked to call Lawrenceville police at 770-963-2443.