University student Jermal Hawkins has been mysteriously missing from his Chicago neighborhood for over a week now, but Chicago police say he's a grown man and refuse to search for him.
Hawkins disappeared without a trace after texting a family member at the public library. From there he was en route to the barber shop to get a haircut, he informed her, but he never made it to his appointment.
The 19-year-old has not been seen nor heard from since.
In June of 2013 college student Austin Hudson-LaPore, 20, similarly vanished in thin air after abruptly leaving his dorm room to view an impending gale.
Chicago police launched an immediate search for the youth, despite knowing beforehand that Hudson-LaPore was an avid storm-chaser and had gone on foot to the rocky shores of Lake Michigan ill prepared for bad weather.
His battered body was recovered from those turbulent waters seven days later.
It's not clear why the Chicago Police Department is making an exception in Jermal Hawkins' case, since this young man's disappearance is far more suspicious and completely out of character.
Jermal Hawkins is described as a 6-foot-2 African American male weighing approximately 245 pounds, with dark hair and brown eyes. It is not known what he was wearing on the day he went missing.
Anyone with information about this missing person is asked to call the Area South Special Victims Section at (312) 747-8274.