Two mothers continue to search for their missing sons

JACKSON, Tenn.–“It’s horrible thinking every day, ‘Is he alive? Is he dead?'” said Frances Gaines, mother of William Brian McKenzie.

“The last three months have been awful,” said Patty Young, mother of Aaron Young.

Two mothers, left uncertain if they will ever see their sons again.

21-year-old William Brian McKenzie went missing September 27.

“I seen his supreme bag on the bed and his charger was right there and his bed’s not slept in, so I knew something was wrong,” Gaines said.

27-year-old Aaron Young went missing September 26.

“I said, ‘Are you sure you gonna be home? Because you know I can’t go to bed until you’re home.’ He said, ‘Mom, I’ll be home by 11. I promise.’ I said, ‘OK,’ and that was it,” Young said. “That was the last time I saw him.”

Sgt. Jay Stanfill of the Jackson Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit said they continue to search for McKenzie.

“The last place that Brian was known to be seen, and contacted his mother from was a location, Bermuda Drive, off of Christmasville Road in northeast Madison County,” Sgt. Stanfill said.

“Every day is a day of my son not being home,” Gaines said.

“On the night that he was last seen, there was a passenger in his vehicle. The individual’s name, Keenan Murphy,” Sgt. Stanfill said.

In an unrelated case, investigators said Keenan Murphy was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder back in September and October.

“So he disappeared with Keenan. He is the last to be seen with him. If you know anything at all, just say something, undercover, give a tip, no one will say anything,” Gaines said.

“There is no evidence to associate Aaron Young’s disappearance with Keenan Murphy at all. It’s just simply the time frame, puts these two cases equally important to solve,” Sgt. Stanfill said.

“He (Aaron) was just taking a walk and he never came home, and we just don’t want the public to forget,” Young said.

“Please, please, say something, I’m begging you, my son (William) needs to be found, we need justice,” Gaines said.

According to Sgt. Stanfill, McKenzie was driving a black 2006 Jeep Liberty 4-door SUV with Tennessee license plate 3L6-6T7.

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