Woman starts Facebook page to help find missing toddler

Published: Jan. 27, 2012 at 9:08 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 6, 2012 at 9:08 PM EST
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -  A Columbia woman has created a Facebook page to help keep the story alive for a boy who's been missing since Thanksgiving.

T'nae Parker hopes the "Find Amir Jennings" Facebook page helps keep this story in people's minds.  And she hopes it could help law enforcement find that one clue that could bring the little boy home.

"I have a lot of people asking me have I heard anything," said Parker.  "What do I know and I really have nothing to give them."

Parker created the page days after news broke that Amir's family hadn't seen him in more than three weeks.

Parker is a single mother herself, just like Amir's mother, Zinah Jennings.

"I have a child and I know that if something happened to her I would move heaven and earth to get her back and I would want people to help me," said Parker.

But investigators say that's not what Zinah is doing.  Columbia Police say she hasn't told them anything about where her son is or what happened to him.

Three weeks ago, Amir's grandmother appealed to the public for help finding him. The appeal came four weeks after the boy was last seen alive.

"There's not a face for him," said Parker. "There's nobody saying 'hey, can we look? Can we search here? Can we go there?' It's strange."

Thursday, Columbia Police, the State Law Enforcement Division, and the FBI searched an 8-mile stretch of woods in northern Columbia.  Police say they got a lead, but wouldn't say what the lead was.

That's why Parker says she started the "Find Amir Jennings" page.

She's posted nearly every news story she can find and hopes one day it could turn up that one tip that could bring Amir home.

"A lot of questions I get on that page are: 'Is there a search party? What can we do to help?' and I really don't have an answer to that," said Parker. "I can't tell people 'let's go from Charlotte to Atlanta and search Columbia. Like, I don't know what to tell them and that's the hardest part. I don't have any answers."

Those answers, according to police are with Zinah Jennings. The problem is, she's not talking.

"Pleading to the public is great," said Parker. "I want to find him. There are other people that want to find him, but the one person that can help him is in the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center."

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