SOUTHPORT, NC (WECT) - Aleyah Muhammad couldn't hold back the tears Friday as she recited a poem that reminds her of her missing son. She spoke exclusively to WECT.com about the last time she saw her son, Adam Muhammad, who went missing Feb. 14.
Aleyah said she took Adam, 22, to work in downtown Southport and hasn't seen him since. Adam suffers from schizophrenia.
Aleyah adopted Adam in 1993, when he was just two years old. Since then, Aleyah says her relationship with Adam has grown to the point where she now refers to Adam as her "own son."
"He is my heart," said Aleyah who has been lonely and depressed since Adam's disappearance. "He's a part of me. It's like I don't have a life anymore."
Adam's mother has tried to reach him by phone, but it's turned off which she says it out of character.
"Adam is a loveable person, easy going, very trusting," said Aleyah. "It's like he's a part of me."
Additionally, Adam has not used his debit card or bank account since he was reported missing. Since he's been gone, Aleyah says her world has been turned upside down. She spends her nights lying awake, wondering when or if Adam will ever come home again.
"I'm worried, I'm nervous," said Aleyah. "I know I shouldn't be smoking cigarettes but I've been chain smoking."
Southport Police Chief Jerry Dove says the case remains a search and rescue mission. They are holding out hope that some evidence will turn up to lead them to Adam.
"Our community is one of hope and faith," said Dove. "There's one thing that binds us together and that is hope that is eternal."
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