GENOA – Nancy Maynard hasn’t seen her son Joe in more than two weeks, and just thinking about it makes her emotional.
After multiple searches, 19-year-old Joseph A. Maynard, who was last seen March 8, is still missing.
Maynard is about 5 feet 5 inches tall, and weighs 150 pounds, with blond curly hair and blue eyes.
Maynard’s brother, Tim, last saw him walking away from their parents’ house in the 31000 block of Daniels Drive in Genoa about 11 a.m. March 8.
Maynard was last seen wearing a tan Carhartt jacket with a hood, khaki pants and sneakers. Other distinguishable features include a double earlobe piercing in his right ear; he has no tattoos. Maynard has not been taking his daily medications for mental illness and his phone has been turned off.
“It’s been very hard, we are still looking for Joe and so far there have been no leads,” Nancy Maynard said. “We are very worried about him. Joey has always been a good kid. He’s a quiet kid, kind-hearted, a good worker.”
“We think that without the medicine, he just took off,” she said. “We don’t know why, we don’t know where. We’re just very concerned. We know that he is out there. The dogs were able to track him from our house to the golf course, but that’s where the scent stops. Maybe he was picked up or got a ride from someone.
“It’s all unknown, but that’s a good possibility. There’s not a trace of him.”
More than 150 volunteers joined firefighters and DeKalb County Sheriff’s deputies in a search for Maynard on March 10. The Illinois Conservation Police, a police dog from the sheriff’s office and DuPage County Sheriff’s Office bloodhounds also have looked for him.
“We have conducted two separate searches with bloodhounds, both with negative results,” DeKalb Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Andy Sullivan said. “We also have done aerial searches, ground searches with foot patrol, as well as different canine teams.”
Sullivan said that police don’t have plans for future searches, but the investigation is still underway.
“We continue to be in touch with the family as we do our investigation,” Sullivan said. “We remain hopeful that either Joseph or someone who knows his whereabouts will be in touch.”
Nancy Maynard said that Joe’s family continues to search for him and they will not give up hope until he is found and safely back at home.
“As time goes by, people have a tendency to forget,” she said. “The more people talk about Joe, the better off we are. Just keep reminding people to share on Facebook, tell others, keep your eyes open. He can be anywhere, we just don’t know. Continue looking for him and send prayers.”
Anyone with information about Joseph Maynard, including tips or possible sightings, should call the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office at 815-895-2155.