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Roy Cottrell, III

Case Type: Endangered

Date of Birth: January 1, 1996

Missing Date: June 18, 2014

Age Now: 18

Missing City: Stone Mountain

Missing State: Georgia

Gender: Male

Race: Black

Complexion: Dark

Hair Color: Black

Hair Length: Shaved

Eye Color: Brown

Wear Glasses or Contacts: Yes

Location Last Seen: At home inside the Hidden Hills subdivision in Stone Mountain. He left for Bible study around 6 p.m.

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Circumstances of Disappearance: Roy Cottrell’s mother, Tinaka Ras, says she’s positive her special needs son made it home after Bible study because she spoke to him by phone and found a note from her son and his cell phone when she returned home.

The letter read: “I love you, Mom. Thank you for all your help.” She searched her home thinking her son was there, but he was nowhere to be found. Now, Ras wants the public’s help in locating her son.

Last Seen Wearing: Unknown

Identifying Marks or Characteristics: Unknown

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Roy Cottrell, III may contact the DeKalb County Police Department at (678) 406-7929 or the Black and Missing Foundation’s confidential Tip Line.

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