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Athens Police Seeking Help in Finding Missing Men


Authorities are seeking help from the public as the investigation into the disappearance of two Athens men is continuing. According to a media release from the Athens-Clarke County Police Department, Joshua Jackson and Derrick Ruff were last seen together December 18th, 2018. Ruff was reported missing on December 20th and Jackson on December 21st.

Detectives have followed up on dozens of leads over the past two weeks. They’ve spoken with family and friends and an effort to determine Jackson’s and Ruff’s whereabouts and states of mind. Multiple searches have been conducted in cooperation with the Gwinnett County Police Department, including the use of K-9 and aerial support.

The vehicle they were last seen in together was located by GCPD in an isolated section of a neighborhood. GCPD investigators processed the vehicle, and while ACCPD detectives are awaiting the final report, nothing suspicious was discovered the vehicle.

ACCPD also spent several days with GCPD detectives and investigators following up leads in an effort to locate Jackson and Ruff.

“From the start of this case,” stated Derek Scott, lead investigator in the case, “we have relied heavily on the public’s assistance and again ask that anyone with information about the whereabouts of Joshua and Derrick to contact the ACCPD.”

A Crime Stoppers reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information leading to the location of Jackson and Ruff. Crime Stoppers Tip Line-706-705-4775.

To contact Lt. Scott, please call 706-613-3888, ext. 329 or Derek.Scott@accgov.com.