Missing man's son: 'I hope he's safe and I hope it's not him'
Javier Jimenez was reported missing July 23. (Source: Jimenez Family)
Javier Jimenez's truck (Source: Jimenez Family)
NEW SUMMERFIELD, TX (KLTV) -
Identification is still pending on a body found in Cherokee County. On Tuesday, Cherokee County sheriff's deputies found a body in the bed of an abandoned pickup truck in Reklaw, south of Jacksonville.
A family in New Summerfield told KLTV they are worried the body may be that of Javier Jimenez, who was reported missing in New Summerfield on July 23.
“We're really hoping it's not him. We're just praying. That's all we can do. I hope he comes home safe,” said Christian Jimenez, Javier’s son.
Jimenez says his dad left for work in his pickup truck last week and never came home.
“Well that day, he just said, ‘I'm going to leave. I’m going to go pick up some cars.’ He had a car business. He just said, ‘I’m going to go pick up some cars. I'll be back.’ He just never came back,” said Christian.
He says it was unlike Jimenez not to call home.
“My dad is the kind of person that needs his cell phone in hand… First thing, if he loses his phone, he's going to go straight to get a new one because he needs it for his little business,” he said.
Christian says Jimenez had been missing for eight days when his family received a call from police.
“They called us yesterday and said they found a truck with a body, but they were not sure if it was him or not because they couldn't recognize his looks,” he said.
He says they still don't know if the body or the truck belong to his dad.
“His truck is missing. It's the same year model, the same color. It's just weird. We're all thinking it's his truck, but we're really hoping it's not his truck,” he said.
Christian says for now, he and his family can only hope for the best.
“We have to be strong and face reality because things happen. I know it's sad, but I just hope everything gets better and I hope he's safe and I hope it's not him,” he said.
New Summerfield police were in Dallas Wednesday for the autopsy on the body. The identity and autopsy results are not yet available.