*UPDATE: The Tuskegee Police Department has revealed that remains found on April 1, 2021 are those of Marquez Duncan Jr. The case is now an active homicide investigation.*
Marquez Duncan Jr. was born of May 18, 1998 to parents Darnell and Tateshia Stevens Duncan. He was a native of the state of Georgia who had moved to Tuskegee, Alabama to attend Tuskegee University, where he was studying chemical engineering.
Despite being away at school, Marquez ensured he kept in close contact with his family, especially his mother, who currently lives in Michigan. The pair were incredibly close and would video chat almost every day.
LEAD UP TO DISAPPEARANCE:
At around 4:30pm on February 23, 2021, Tateshia was chatting with Marquez. She recalls he’d sounded fine and was happy, as he was planning to pledge to a fraternity at Tuskegee University. Marquez also spoke with his father, who also said nothing seemed out of the ordinary.
Marquez’s roommate would be the last person to see him that night. According to reports, he’d last spoken to him around midnight, while the two were in the kitchen of their shared apartment.
Over the next few days, Marquez failed to answer his phone whenever his mother tried to call. Initially, Tateshia didn’t worry, simply assuming her son was busy with pledging activities.
When February 27, 2021 rolled around, Tateshia was beginning to worry about how her son was doing, so she began calling his friends, who informed her that they hadn’t seen or spoken with him since the night of February 23. She later learnt that while Marquez and his cellphone were missing from his apartment, he’d left behind the rest of his belongings, including his sunglasses, jewelry and his wallet, which still had cash in it.
Marquez was eventually reported missing to the Tuskegee Police Department.
The Tuskegee Police Department reached out to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) for assistance in locating Marquez. The Tuskegee University Police Department also offered to help, putting out a notice to students.
According to Marquez’s family and friends, it’s out of character for him to go so long without contacting anyone, especially his mother. Tateshia continues to call his cellphone every morning, hoping he’ll answer, but it has been shut off.
After he went missing, Marquez’s family learnt he hadn’t been attending classes and was no longer enrolled in school. The timeline and reasoning behind this has not been released. Despite no longer being a student, the university has been very active in assisting efforts to locate him.
Marquez’s family is planning to travel to Tuskegee to conduct their own search, where they will be handing out flyers and speaking with neighbours. They are of the belief that his disappearance is the result of foul play.
There is currently a $1,000 reward being offered by Central Alabama Crime Stoppers for information leading to his whereabouts.
CASE CONTACT INFORMATION:
Marquez “Quez” Duncan Jr. went missing from Tuskegee, Alabama on February 23, 2021. He was 22 years old, and he was last seen wearing a t-shirt and a pair of black gym shorts. At the time of his disappearance, he stood at 6’0″ and weighed between 155 and 185 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.
Currently, his case is being handled as a missing persons investigation. If alive, he would still be 22 years old.
Those with information regarding the case are asked to contact the Tuskegee Police Department at 334-727-0200 or the Tuskegee University Police Department at 334-727-8757. Tips can also be called in anonymously via Central Alabama Crime Stoppers at 334-215-7867.
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