ME - Jeremy Ted Alex, 28, Northport, 24 April 2004
I have met a woman by the name of Nikohl whose brother, Jeremy Alex, went missing on April 24, 2004 from Northport, Maine. I met Nikohl while working on The Three Missing Women case here in Springfield, Missouri.
According to the family, Jeremy was a tortured soul, but they don't believe he would have just disappeared leaving them to worry about him.
The CUE Network stopped here in Springfield today on behalf of Jeremy's family.
Please help this grieving family find out what happened to their loved one.
Three years later, search for Jeremy Alex goes on
By Jay Davis
VillageSoup/Waldo County Citizen Senior Reporter
NORTHPORT (April 24): Jeremy Alex disappeared Saturday, April 24, 2004, leaving family and friends to grieve his absence and ponder the reasons he is no longer here.
His father, Ted, observed the third anniversary of Jeremy's mysterious exodus by returning to Belfast to again solicit help in locating him.
Ted has no illusions about Jeremy's fate. "I think someone killed him and that someone knows something and through guilt or just something eating at him this someone will come forward," he said. The Alex family has increased the reward to $20,000 for information leading to the resolution of Jeremy's disappearance.
Ted said he still receives phone calls and e-mails about the case. More than anything, Ted said he'd like to know what happened to Jeremy, who had issues with drugs and addiction, and who was a kind-hearted man who would have turned 31 on Easter Sunday. "We didn't know the extent of his drug use until he disappeared," Ted said, "though I always knew he did drugs."
Ted said Jeremy was more of a binge user of drugs than an addict and was "always able to get himself clean." Ted said Jeremy was a good worker who helped him finish off a Belfast-built Holland 32 lobster boat at his Portsmouth, N.H. home and "could handle most anything." That's why Ted believes his son's life ended violently ó why else would he disappear? "I think it was either money-related or drug-related," he said. "I know he wasn't lost in the woods." Jeremy was on a binge before his disappearance, Ted said, that likely began with a snowboarding trip to Sugarloaf three days before the fateful disappearance.
Jeremy had just moved to a house on the Harbor Road in Northport and had made an appointment to look at a moped that day. Ted said he has spoken with the couple that saw Jeremy emerge from the woods at about 5:20 p.m. in a clearly distraught, disheveled state, saying someone was after him. Ted said Jeremy had used heroin and cocaine that day and was not rational, perhaps even hallucinating.
Jeremy reportedly recognized the woman from his days in school and approached her. The woman and her husband tried to calm down Jeremy. The husband actually tackled Jeremy, and a call to 9-1-1 was made, Ted said. Jeremy reportedly first offered to buy his freedom, then broke free. By the time the ambulance arrived, he was long gone. He was spotted once more, crossing a road, but Jeremy has not been seen since.
Ted has been working with a therapist since he learned of Jeremy's disappearance and has been in contact with other families who have lost children. "It becomes an obsession," he said, "and it becomes your identity for other people." Ted is trying to move on.
The Jeremy Alex Fund, which the family started to remember Jeremy, "is a deflection" of his obsession, Ted said. The fund has nearly $200,000 in assets and this year will make grants totaling about $5,000 to children and young adults who need help staying the course. The fund is administered through the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, he said, and will be available for youth in need in perpetuity. This year, the Jeremy Alex Fund will contribute $1,200 to help a youth on the edge participate in a Spanish class trip to Costa Rica. It will also provide camperships for children during a Tall Ship cruise from Newport, R.I. to Portsmouth.
Ted is grateful for the interest local law enforcement personnel have shown in Jeremy's disappearance. He is in regular contact with them, and he notes a continuing optimism that their investigation will pay off. Ted has also been in touch with a volunteer group of retired detectives that has provided information to the Maine State Police on Jeremy's case. Ted believes "we need to change how adults who disappear are looked for." Though many are later found alive and well, he said, others are abducted or killed and the places they were last seen and their possessions should be treated like crime scenes.
Ted said Jeremy's car, which was found near his home in Northport, and his new house should have been preserved as evidence in what may one day be known as a homicide. Ted's message on the third anniversary of Jeremy's disappearance is to ask again for help in finding him. He adds that contributions to the fund established in Jeremy's name may help other troubled young people avoid the same fate.
Last edited by Salem; 04-09-2010 at 01:58 PM.
Don't confront me with my failures.....I had not forgotten them.