CLARKTON, NC (WWAY) — Friday marks one year since Brandon McDonald went missing. Family and friends gathered in Clarkton to pay their respects and ask for help.
On March 25, 2021, Brandon McDonald, 35, was reported missing by his father. The McDonald’s family and the CUE Center for Missing Persons announced a $5,000 reward for information on his whereabouts.
Brandon McDonald was reportedly in the Laurinburg and Hope Mills area last year before he disappeared. the last known location of his cell phone was in this area and his truck was found wrecked and abandoned in Fayetteville.
Brandon’s family say they saw no signs he was missing before he disappeared. Now, a year later, as they release balloons and scatter seeds in his memory. The McDonald’s family are still searching for answers and hope he will be found.
McDonald’s father was the last to speak to him and said his son planned to come home and visit him, and grew worried when he hadn’t heard from him.
“I’m so upset I told his mum something’s wrong. Brandon isn’t here, he called me three hours ago, and he didn’t come. Phone going straight to voicemail. It’s not our child, and we have to do what we have to do, and who would have thought that a year later, we would still be here, in the same place, with nothing more than what we knew then,” said Jeff McDonald, Brandon McDonald’s father.
His family and the Missing Persons Reporting Center are now offering a $5,000 reward for information on his whereabouts for 90 days until June 23.
“Imagine yourself in our place, what would you do, – what would you do, – what would you do to help another person, because we never would have thought in a hundred years that we would be in this position, – and we So we’re just asking for you to help us out. Just keep your eyes open, your ears open and please move on,” said Dena Cox, Brandon McDonald’s mother.
“This family needs a resolution, they need this nightmare to end, and there’s still a long way to go even once Brandon has found for them, but this part here standing on the roads is wondering where is their child. You know, – going to bed every night, wondering if they’re cold or hot, dead or alive, – I mean there’s so many things swirling around in their minds,” said said Monica Caison, founder of the CUE Center for Missing Persons.
The family is still in pain, just wanting their son to come home.
“Whoever did this to our child, may it weigh so heavily on his heart he can’t breathe, and will come forward anonymously, you don’t have to say who you are or anything,” said Mcdonalds.
“All we want is for people to know what they did, to tell us. Give us a little closure, a little peace. Let’s bring him home and do the right thing, — let’s do the godly thing, let’s bring him home,” Cox said.
The family says they have not received any updated information and say the case is currently considered cold. Anyone with information can contact the CUE Center for Missing Persons or the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. Clarkton community members reunite a year after Brandon McDonald’s disappearance