The Los Angeles Police Department is currently searching for Bo John Jones, a 22-year-old University of Southern California graduate student who has been missing since Sunday, July 8. Jones is currently studying to get his Ph.D.
Jones was reportedly last seen leaving his apartment near the 1100 block of 6th Street, carrying just a cell phone, around 4:30 p.m. PST on July 8.
Police say that Jones’ cellphone was located on Thursday, July 12, near the MacArthur Park playground, which is located less than 2 miles from his apartment.
Jones’ family, who described their son as “responsible”, said he would sometimes take walks in that park.
The 22-year-old is a Ph. D. student at USC. His roommate told family that Jones did not return home Sunday night. His cellphone had been turned off, but was back on Thursday.
“I had turned on the Find My iPhone app and so it pinged me saying someone had found it. They were at a cellphone store trying to crack it,” James Jones said. He was able to retrieve his son’s phone from a woman, who said she found it Tuesday morning near the playground.
“He sounded great. He was happy. He was looking forward to coming home to New York at the end of the month,” Susan Jones said. “We’re all wracking our brains trying to figure out what could have possibly happened because it’s not like him at all.”
Jones is described as a 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing around 140 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a red USC T-shirt, grey shorts and sandals.
Authorities are asking anyone with potential information about Jones’ whereabouts to please contact the LAPD’s Missing Persons Unit at (213) 996-1800. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to (877) 527-3247.
Jones’ family can also be reached at 907-687-8537.