Family grieves one year after Alquon Flowers' disappearance

Alquon Flowers' family holds a vigil at Riverfront Park one year after his disappearance.
Alquon Flowers' family holds a vigil at Riverfront Park one year after his disappearance.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – The family of Alquon Flowers is still searching for answers one year after his disappearance.  Family and friends gathered at Riverfront Park Wednesday night in Wilmington for a candlelight vigil in his honor.

Flowers went missing one year ago in Navassa.  The Wilmington Police Department is still investigating the case.  At last check, they have no leads on his whereabouts.

Alquon's father, Garry Hines, doesn't want to admit that his son may have passed away, but he's having a hard time holding on to hope.

"I'm hurt," said Hines. "I'm deeply hurt.  I'm all torn up.  I pretty much keep to myself more now than anything because I don't know what to say, what to do. It's eating me up inside."

The CUE Center for Missing Persons is assisting the family in the search for Flowers. Monica Caison, the founder of the CUE Center, says they're looking for any clue. Until then, they're trying to remain supportive of Flowers' family.

"It's important for families to have long time support," said Caison. "Our organization is built to be there for families long term and continue the search as long as they want to."

Hines hopes to find out what happened to his son for Alquon's only child, two-year-old Mackenzie.  He's not worried about her future because of the strong support system they have at home.

"I don't see any real mishaps on her growing up without Alquon because they (mother, grandmother) keep 'Quon in her life daily."

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Alquon Flowers, you're asked to contact the Wilmington Police Department or the CUE Center for Missing Persons.

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