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ABC7 EXCLUSIVE: Jabez Spann spotted on MLK Way before disappearance

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SARASOTA, FL (WWSB)  Investigators may have a new lead to follow in the search for 15-year-old Jabez Spann.

According to the missing teen's mother, several witnesses told her they saw Jabez in the early morning hours on Labor Day on Martin Luther King Jr. Way, but he hasn't been seen since.

"I just feel like we're right there, right there. I just need some help," said Jabez's mother Tawana Spann, hoping the public will share information.

Spann believes she is one step closer to finding her son.

"It might be somebody out there that has certain information and you don't even know you have it," explained Spann.

She told ABC7 exclusively, a witness saw Jabez with two other boys on September 4, 2017 around 1 a.m. just hours before he was reported missing. Spann says she knows one of the kids, and is hoping the other unidentified boy can provide information.

"Was there anybody they met up with? Was there anybody they might have seen him get in the car with?" questioned Spann.

"I just know somebody knows what happened to my nephew and the city is too small for something like that," said Latohya Jakes, Jabez's aunt.

Both Spann and Jakes believe this detail is important. His last known sighting on M.L.K. Way places him in the middle of Newtown's early morning Labor Day festivities.

"People could've been taking photos, that could've been taking videos, they could've been going live. I want people to go back and look at those," said Spann.

His family thinks Jabez could be in the background of those pictures or footage may reveal the person who is responsible for his disappearance.

Sarasota detectives say any small piece of information can help with the investigation.

"We really feel like at the end of the day in this point of the investigation, someone knows something," explained Genevieve Judge, Public Information Officer for the Sarasota Police Department.

The family hopes that information will make its way into the right hands.

"[There's a] $50,000 reward, and around here they're telling you for free," said Jakes, of information spreading throughout town.

Sarasota police, the FBO and Florida Department of Law Enforcement are offering a $50,000 dollar reward for information on the case.

SPD has interviewed multiple people since opening the case last year, but have yet to name a suspect or person of interest. The Spann family is working with a private investigator hoping to find information.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 941-366-TIPS.

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