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Police confirm Jabez Spann, missing since Labor Day, may have witnessed a murder

Posted at 11:17 AM, Nov 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-27 17:10:35-05

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. -- Sarasota Police has released documentation confirming missing 14-year-old Jabez Spann may have witnessed a murder.

The teen has been missing since Labor Day.

RELATED: $25,000 reward offered for info on Sarasota 14-year-old missing since Labor Day

Police say a witness named Reginald Parker witnessed a murder on Aug. 28, and that he saw a juvenile, Jabez Spann at the scene during the incident.

According to the department, detectives met with Lucille Tillery, Spann's grandmother, on Nov. 6, at which time she told police that Parker came to her home to say that he witnessed the murder.

Parker reportedly said he also saw Jabez Spann and two others coming out of a residence during the incident, and that he heard a gunshot, and heard Spann yell "Oh my God. Y'all shot him."

Parker also spoke to Latohya Jakes, Spann's aunt, about the incident.

On Nov. 7, Parker was arrested for failure to appear, and in an interview denied witnessing the murder and denied speaking with any of Jabez's family about his presence during the homicide.

Parker was charged with accessory after the fact, as police say he impeded the investigation of armed robbery and murder.

Officials say the affidavit was not previously released because both the homicide and Jabez's disappearance are ongoing investiagtions.

A $25,000 reward is still being offered for information on Jabez's wherabouts.