Missing In Murfreesboro: Update

In June, 2017, I posted about Devin Bond, the teenager who vanished a couple months prior. It’s now been a little over a year since anyone last saw him. The missing aren’t forgotten, and I thought I’d make another post in hopes that someone out there might recognize him.  Click here for the original article.

On March 31st, 2017, sixteen year old Riverdale student Devin Bond left his home in Murfreesboro, TN at around 3:30 in the morning, and hasn’t been since since. City schools were on Spring Break during this time, so there wasn’t a real reason for Devin to be up that early. Before leaving, he shoved pillows in his bed in order to give the impression that he was asleep, packed a red and gray North Face pullover jacket, a gray and white Nike sweatshirt and khaki pants into a black Nike drawstring backpack, and headed out into the early Spring morning.
At 4:30 am, a possible sighting of Devin was reported on Barfield Crescent Road, walking alone towards Veterans Parkway. MAP OF AREA.  About twenty-five minutes later, Devin’s phone pinged off the Joe B. Jackson Parkway tower, suggesting that the phone was somewhere on Barfield Crescent Road. Since then, there’s been no activity on Devin’s phone.Devin Ray Bond
Some people claim that Devin Bond planned to run away, and even suggested living as a homeless person. At the time of his disappearance, Devin’s mother was asleep and his father was working the late night shift. His mother reported him missing to the Murfreesboro Police, and despite the best efforts of combined searches from the city police, the sheriff’s department, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol, nobody knows what happened to Devin Bond.
I live in the area where Devin Bond vanished, near 231 and a stone’s throw away from Barfield Crescent Park. Local searches were conducted, meeting up at the Church Street Walmart, and there are still Missing posters being featured in windows to businesses, and telephone poles. It’s been a year, and still his parents are hopeful that one day they’ll find out what happened to their son.

UPDATE:  Devin’s mother recently shared on Facebook that in the weeks following Devin’s disappearance, he was logging into his Google account and checking his own timeline.  She also believes that there has to be people in the area that know what happened to him, and are not talking.

If you have any information, please call the sheriff’s office at 615-898-7770.
Want to help spread the word? Share this post, or the flyer, on social media. Help bring Devin home.

Missing In Murfreesboro

missingpersonflyerThursday, March 30 was the last time anyone saw Riverdale High School freshman Devin Bond. Bond’s mother, Heather, was asleep when the sixteen year old left his home on Armor Place in Rutherford County, and his father was at work at the time. Devin’s younger brother, aged nine, informed their mother that Devin had stuffed pillows and towels underneath a blanket in order to give the impression that he was sleeping.
According to Heather, Devin took along a drawstring backpack with a red and gray North Face jacket, a gray and white Nike hoodie, and khaki pants. In an interview, she claimed that the young man was upset following a recent breakup, but stated that his prolonged absence is completely out of character.
“I’m concerned he thinks he’s in trouble and maybe that’s why he’s still out there, but I don’t want him to be scared or afraid he’s in trouble. I just want him to come home,” Heather told the Daily News Journal. “He left on foot when he left the house. Where he went, we don’t know…It’s just not like him. He’s a good kid. He doesn’t do stuff like this. He hangs out with a couple of friends sometimes. He plays video games. He’s usually a homebody.”
This case hasn’t garnered the media attention it deserves, largely because at the time of Devin Bond’s disappearance, Elizabeth Thomas and Tad Cummins were top headlines. Devin’s cellphone last pinged in the Barfield area of Murfreesboro. Local searches, in conjunction with law enforcement, haven’t turned up any evidence.
An Amber Alert was never issued, because authorities do not believe Devin has been abducted. Without a description of a vehicle, or witnesses claiming an apparent abduction, not issuing an Amber Alert is completely normal according to governmental guidelines, found here: Amber Alert Guidelines
I live near the Barfield area of Murfreesboro where the Bond’s family live. The lack of media attention is astounding. Word of mouth isn’t even keeping the case alive. The only way Devin’s story is staying on some people’s minds is from the missing posters taped up in the windows of local businesses. Without confirmed sightings, or physical evidence, Devin’s case is freezing over.
Someone knows what happened to this young man. People don’t simply vanish without a trace. Devin has to eat. He has to sleep. Staying positive keeps hope alive. I don’t think that he walked into the woods and committed suicide. LE has stated that they believe he planned to run away from home.
The days turn to weeks, the weeks into months, and still there is no sign of Devin.  If you have any information, please call the sheriff’s office at 615-898-7770.
Want to help spread the word?  Share this post, or the flyer, on social media.  This case needs the attention.  Devin needs to be found.