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Families of missing people find support, Hope in one another
Rochester, N.Y.— Every time the phone rings, every time there is a knock on the door, their heart skips a beat. For a brief moment, they wonder “Could this be them? Could this be news about my son or daughter?”
For parents whose loved ones are missing, this is an everyday hope and disappointment.
On Monday, the parents of Brian Sullivan held a vigil to mark the six years since their son disappeared.
On July 8, 2007, Chili native Brian Sullivan was last seen leaving a Burger King drive-thru in Gates. His car was later found on at a dead end on Lettington Avenue, but that’s where the trail went cold.
Six years later, his parents are still looking for answers and they still have hope that they will be able to find Brian soon.
“It could be just one small little tip that could break this case and bring Brian home,” said Barb Sullivan, Brian’s mother.
At Monday night’s vigil, several other parents of missing people were there to support the Sullivans. These parents say that over the years, they have formed an unofficial support group for one another.
“It's very supporting because we're all here for the same reason,” said Mozell Jones-Grisham. “No matter what race and what color, we're all going through the same thing.”
Jones-Grisham’s son, Domonique Holley-Grisham, has been missing since February 2009. He was 16 years old at the time. According to Jones-Grisham, Domonique had just returned from a hockey game when he got a call on his cell phone. That’s when he left his home and was never seen again.
“I just want some closure for my baby and that's all I'm asking for,” Jones-Grisham said.
Ray Bradley is also waiting for answers. His son Jonathan Granison-Bradley has been missing since May 2005. Bradley was also at vigil for Brian Sullivan to support the Sullivan family, but to also keep his son’s memory alive.
“You have to keep going on because if you give up, everyone else will give up,” Bradley says. “You have to have it in your heart that you love someone so much that you are willing to fight for them no matter what it takes. You have to keep going until your last breath.”
According to Bradley, his son had a medical condition that required him to go to the hospital frequently. On May 5, 2005, Granison-Bradley was last seen leaving Strong Memorial Hospital and he was never seen again.
“[There are] no leads, no follows because the case went cold as soon as it started,” Bradley said. “Right now, we have detectives working on it, but it’s so far old, the trail is dead.”
The Sullivans, the Bradleys and the Grishams all hope that there is someone out there has a nugget of information that could lead to their loved one’s whereabouts but until then they will never give up the search.
According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, investigators are still actively working the Brian Sullivan case.
Anyone with information about these missing people, you can call the Missing Persons Anonymous Hotline (1-800-THE-LOST).