Former Texas A&M soccer player Delano Burkes has been missing for more than a week after a night out in Houston, with surveillance footage on social media appearing to show the 26-year-old stumbling and in distress.
“We think something weird happened to him,” said his mother, Karen Jeffley said at a press conference on Tuesday. “He didn’t look like he was in control of his legs. It didn’t look like he was going to make it very far.”
Texas Congresswoman Sheila Jackson was also at the event and asked for the public’s help.
“Someone saw him. And someone can tell what happened to him,” she said.
“We want to find Mr. Burkes,” he added. “No family should have to experience that.”
Houston police say they are investigating the Nov. 13 disappearance from all angles.
“We are investigating this case to the best of our ability. We certainly cannot rule out the fact that he migrated said ABC13.
Ms Jeffley has asked the public to check doorbell cameras and any other form of surveillance that may have picked up new information.
Mr Burkes was last seen in the early hours of November 13, after a night on the town in Houston with friends.
According to police, the group stopped for Mr. Burkes to use the restroom at McIntyre’s Bar off West 19th Street in Houston.
When Mr Burkes failed to return from the bar, his friends began looking for him and were unable to locate him, and the 26-year-old did not contact his wife the next day.
The long disappearance, as well as security footage that appears to show Mr Burkes stumbling, has alarmed his family.
“It almost brought me to tears [watching that] honest”, Pierre Burkes, his brother, said Fox26 Houston. “He seemed to be struggling.”
“Someone gave him something to drink,” added Monee Burkes, Delano’s sister, in an interview with the network. “Then you see him running down the street hours later. It looks like he’s running from someone to me.”
A missing persons bulletin about Mr. Burkes, the owner of a real estate investment company, describes him as an African-American man with brown eyes and black hair, who is 5ft 10 inches and 200 pounds tall.