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Family of missing boy searches for answers 9 years later

Degner family 02-10-14 (Lorena Inclan)
The family of Mark Degner searches for answers nine years after he disappeared along with Bryan Hayes. (Lorena Inclan)
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Updated: 2/11 6:25 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The family of Mark Degner hopes an age progression photo will help generate new leads in the case.

It's been nine years since Degner and Bryan Hayes disappeared after leaving Paxon Middle School Feb. 10, 2005.

After so many years, Degner's grandmother Darlene Briggs still holds on to hope. 

"We still have no answers, we still have no leads, we still carry the same hope," said Briggs.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office initially received leads of sightings of the boys but the case eventually went cold. 

"Back then they went missing they were 12-and 13-year-old special needs boys and now they're 21, 22 year-old," said Briggs.

Briggs said she won't stop until she gets answers.

"Every holiday, every birthday of Mark's, everything that we do. We wake up every morning not knowing where Mark is," said Briggs.

On Feb. 21, Degner's family attend Missing Adults Day at 11 a.m. in City Hall. They will be joined by other families of missing adults to bring awareness about unsolved cases in the area.   

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Degner or Hayes please call the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500 or if you wish to remain anonymous call CrimeStoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.


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