Missing: Paula and Brandon Wade

By: Gabrielle Sarann Email
By: Gabrielle Sarann Email

"It's been eight years since we last seen them or heard from them and you just express that love," said Mary McGrath, Wade's mother, who drove from Orlando with her husband, Regis, to plead for help in locating their missing daughter and grandson.

In October 2002, three-year-old Brandon Wade and his mom, Paula Wade, 25, disappeared.

They were last seen on October 12.

"We're looking at a little better than 2,900 days of a nightmare," said Regis McGrath, Wade's father. "It just never ends."

Wade was reported missing after she didn't show up for her morning shift at Sam's Club on October 13.

A co-worker searched her home at Common Apartments, No. B-6, but found no sign of Paula or Brandon.

Just her abandoned '98 Chevrolet Blazer with Brandon's car seat removed.

Neighbors say they're shocked because this complex is quiet and close-knit.

"It shouldn't have happened because everybody here's very close," said James Fugghett, who lives on the ground floor. " Everybody pretty much knows one another."

"[Now I have] really bad feelings about like what can happen around," said Ironesa Martinez, whose babysitter lives in the complex. "You never know with a little baby."

Valdosta Police are determined to crack this case.

They're encouraging everyone to look closely at the pictures of Brandon Wage at the time of his disappearance, and the age-progressed photo of him at age 11.

"If there's anyone out there that would just know anything, look at the poster and study it for just a minute," said McGrath. "Maybe you seen them. Maybe you heard somethin'."

VPD and Paula Wade's family are offering a reward to anyone with information.

Call the Anonymous Crime Tip Line at (229) 293-3091.

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