Age progression of Rondreiz Phillips released; missing boy now 7 years old
Rondreiz, also known as Junior, went missing on April 5, 2018 when he was four years old.
CLAIBORNE PARISH, La. (KSLA) — Rondreiz Phillips has been missing for 3.5 years.
The child was four years old when he went missing late the morning of April 5, 2018, from outside a mobile home at Lisbon, a village in a rural part of Claiborne Parish. Authorities there say they have been investigating his disappearance ever since.
“We have been as proactive as we can. It’s been done all behind the scenes,” said Claiborne sheriff’s Detective Jay Perry, who inherited the role of lead investigator on the case.
“Our goal is to get a definitive answer,” he said of the question of what has become of the youth whom many know simply as “Junior.”
“We don’t know what has become of him. All we can do is speculate.”
IF YOU SEE HIM
Anyone with any information about this case should call:
- the Claiborne Parish Sheriff’s Office at (318) 927-2011 or toll-free at (800) 810-2011;
- the Louisiana Clearinghouse for Missing and Exploited Children toll-free at (800) 434-8007; or,
- the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children toll-free at 800-THE-LOST. That’s (800) 843-5678.
Nov. 21 will be Rondreiz’s eighth birthday. And now the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) has released an age-progressed image of what he would look like in 2021.
The NCMEC has a case manager assigned to the investigation, Perry said in explaining how that image came to be. He was speaking with her a couple months ago. During the course of the conversation, Perry said, she mentioned that the center offers the service — and for free — to law enforcement agencies.
“If someone happens to see that, it could help,” he said of the image.
And the Sheriff’s Office still is getting calls and tips about the case.
“When you talk about a missing child, everybody has a soft spot for that,” Perry said. “They want to help.”
Just like the days immediately after Rondreiz disappeared.
Roadblocks were set up.
A helicopter and drones were used to search by air.
Ponds were drained.
And hundreds of law enforcement officers from multiple agencies, firefighters and volunteers — on foot, on horseback, on ATVs and with the help of K-9s — “jumped on it will all fours” and scoured the countryside in that neck of the woods.
“I don’t believe you could have asked for a better response,” said Perry, who took over the investigation when the new sheriff, Sam Dowies, assumed office in the summer of 2020.
Rondreiz stood 3′ tall and weighed 45 pounds when he disappeared. He last was seen wearing blue jeans, a white shirt and yellow rubber boots.
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