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Family of missing man still looking for answers three weeks later

Jabari Mbwelera was last seen January 16th. The reward for information on his disappearance is now up to $5,000.

Posted: Feb 7, 2019 7:31 PM
Updated: Feb 8, 2019 6:37 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - The search for a 26-year-old Fort Wayne man continues three weeks later. 

Jabari Mbwelera was last seen January 16th. The reward for information on his disappearance is now up to $5,000. 

Mbwelera's family said they're dumbfounded. 

"Dumbfounded, heartbroken. Just unbelievable," said Kathryn Mbwelera, Jabari's mom. "I had communicated with him that day and he seemed to be okay. He was well. I did find out later that day that he an altercation with someone. I found that out from the police."

Jabari texted his mom to pick him up and take him to church, but she wasn't able to give him a ride.

The family reported him missing when they didn't hear from him for a few days after. 

"He has never done anything like this before. He does not go away two-three weeks and stay without calling someone in his family," his mom said. 

The last known family member to see Jabari was his dad, Kamari Mbwelera, who picked him up the morning of the 16th. 

"His car had broken down on him and he had requested that it be taken to a mechanic shop, but there was some confusion. For some reason they did not take it there. They took it to an impound lot," Kamari said. 

Later that night, Kamari had missed calls and texts from his son, suggesting something happened. 

"He said he was experiencing things that he did not think were normal, and he wanted to talk to me about that," he said. 

Jabari was apparently at the Lassus Handy Dandy near his house on Spy Run when he made the calls. 

"He assured me that he would catch up with me later that evening, and I did not hear from him that evening," he said. 

Kathryn said a neighbor shared video from her Ring doorbell with police. It showed Jabari getting into a white Cadillac.

After that, the trail went cold. 

His family believes getting Jabari's phone records will help them find their son, but Kathryn said police have not pulled the records. 

"I know that his phone would tell us the last person he spoke with, the last person he text, and what he was doing days prior to his disappearance," she said. 

If you know where Jabari Mbwelera might be, you're asked to call police at 427-1222. 

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