Metro-East News

19-year-old man reported missing in East St. Louis

M’RQuan Jefferson
M’RQuan Jefferson Provided photo

An East St. Louis mother has not seen her son since the last week in April when he allegedly left for school.

Demetria Henley says she last saw her son April 27 and later learned that her son, 19-year-old M’RQuan Jefferson had been dropped from East St. Louis Senior High School.

“It’s not like him not to come home or to run away,” Henley said. “I don’t know where he is, but I want him to come home.”

Henley said she has texted him and let him know that he’d been dropped from school in March. She also described Jefferson as a home body who is unlikely to start a conversation with anyone.

“If he goes anywhere, it’s to his granny’s or to his uncle’s house,” Henley said. “He’s the type of kid who went to school and when it is over, he comes straight home.”

Henley said her son doesn’t smoke or drink or have any tattoos. He has been reported missing to East St. Louis police. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the police department at 618-482-6767 or Henley herself at 618-772-1928.

Jefferson is the second person to go missing in the city since mid April. Melanie Tally, a 49-year-old U.S. Postal Service employee, has been missing since April 23.