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Family, police fear for missing Fayetteville teen

Posted March 25, 2011 8:51 p.m. EDT
Updated March 26, 2011 1:25 p.m. EDT

— Almost three weeks after a Fayetteville man disappeared, his family and law enforcement officers are worried he might never return, said police spokesman Gavin MacRoberts.

Fashaad Montez Lee, a 19-year-old Fayetteville Tech student, was last seen March 5 leaving his Westdale Drive home.

His grandfather, Lee Braggs, reported him missing the next day and described a "suspicious visit" before his disappearance.

Braggs said his grandson talked briefly with a black man who called himself John who was about 5 feet 9 inches tall and 170 pounds and was wearing a bandanna on his head.

"I don't think his intentions were good. I can't tell you why. It's just a gut feeling," he said.

Lee left with the man and did not say where they were going. The pair was possibly in a green SUV, possibly a Subaru or Isuzu, police said.

"He walked out to the car and disappeared," Braggs said.

"Three weeks out now, you start to think maybe there was foul play," said Lee's mother, Felicity Lee.

Police searched Mazarick Park last Friday in connection with Lee's disappearance. They said cell phone records placed him in that area.

"He is not missing on his own free will. No, he is not missing on his own free will," Braggs said.

Lee's grandmother, Annette Braggs, prays she will pick up the phone and hear him.

"He is going to say, 'Grandma, I'm OK. Grandma, come and get me,'" she said.

As they wait, the anxiety is building, Felicia Lee said.

"Every car we pass by, I am looking in it. Every time we got pass a patch of woods, I am scout it," she said. "There is a lot of sadness, sometimes anger."

Anyone who might have seen Fashaad Lee or his companion is asked to call Detective James Walker at 910-237-9391 or Fayetteville Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477.