CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Friends and family members say they’ll continue to widen the search Monday for Jon Dailey, the 23-year-old Charlotte man who has been missing in Boston since the middle of last week.
Jonathan Dailey is in his second year of graduate school at the Boston Architectural College, but is taking the semester off. He graduated from Northwest School of the Arts in Charlotte and Appalachian State University before moving to Boston with his roommate, who also graduated from App State.
He is, by anyone’s account, a good kid who doesn’t drink, smoke, or do drugs.
"He's an Eagle Scout and loves to camp, go off on his own and camp,” said his sister Robyn Hoffman on Saturday, “but he's never disappeared like this without people knowing where he was, and he's never missed work before."
Jonathan’s roommate Miles Smith told NBC Charlotte that he last saw Jonathan on Tuesday night. The two ate pizza and watched “The Office” before Smith headed to bed.
“I heard Jonathan step out, which wasn’t unusual,” he said, “and that was the last contact that I’ve had with him.”
Smith got concerned when Jonathan didn’t come home Wednesday night. Jonathan’s mother tried calling his iPhone, but it was turned off.
Jonathan didn’t come home Thursday night either, and didn’t show up for work Friday morning at American Apparel in Cambridge. That’s when they really knew something was wrong.
Hoffman said Jonathan didn’t have his I.D. with him, or any camping gear like a backpack or a sleeping bag. He may have had his debit card, some cash, and the clothes on his back. His debit card hasn’t been used since he disappeared.
“I’ve had a million scenarios running through my head and I’m trying to fight against them” said Hoffman.
Her worst fear?
“Obviously if something happened violent, and he died.”
Hoffman said her brother sometimes talked about going away for a while to be alone, but she doesn’t think he’d do that without telling someone.
Jonathan’s friends and family have checked hospitals and the coroner’s office, posted flyers at local businesses, and worked with police.
Now they’re turning to social media with a Facebook event for “Jonathan Dailey – missing since Oct. 2, 8:30 p.m.” and have contacted Boston-area celebrities on Twitter.
They’re hoping someone will see him and know where to find him – even if it’s living on the streets.
“Basically anything that anyone can think to do we're doing,” said Hoffman, “and my parents are just trying to hold it together.”
The Charlotte Observer contributed to this story.