Since last Thursday, Athens-Clarke County police have continued to search for missing Athens residents Joshua Lee Jackson and Derrick Davion Ruff, who were last seen by anyone more than two weeks ago.
As reported in the Athens Banner-Herald, the men, both 25, were last spotted together the night of Dec. 18 on Habersham Drive in an SUV belonging to Ruff’s girlfriend, police said. Three days later, the vehicle was found in an undeveloped area of a neighborhood in Lawrenceville, according to Athens-Clarke County police Lt. Derek Scott.
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Gwinnett County investigators processed the vehicle, according to Scott, who said that “ACCPD detectives are awaiting the final report, nothing that raised suspicion was noted about the vehicle.”
Even though there was no evidence of possible foul play, Scott said concern for Jackson’s and Ruff’s well-being was mounting as time passes.
“According to family and friends, it is unusual for either man to be out of contact with them for this amount of time,” said Scott, who oversees missing person cases in Athens.
Although not connected, the disappearance of William Kristopher ‘Kris” Avera, 39, also remained a mystery until now. It has been three weeks since the Madison County man was last seen leaving his home off Jot Em Down Road at around noon.
“We’ve discussed the entirety of the case with the family and followed up on any information,” Madison County sheriff’s Investigator Scott Rice said recently.
The investigator had visited Clermont in Hall County to check on a reported sighting at a business.
“I got a video from the store and took still shots from that. I showed the family and they said it wasn’t him,” Rice said.
Avera, who went missing Dec. 11, had a cell phone, but there has been no recent activity, Rice said.
Aside from that, a helicopter flew over the wooded area around Jot Em Down Road, located north of Danielsville, but nothing was found, according to Rice.
According to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, the Sheriff reported that Avera’s body was found in a wooded area near Jot Em Down Road on Tuesday evening at around 5:30 p.m. The cause of death is still unknown, but no foul play is suspected. However, the body has been sent to the State Crime Lab for an autopsy.