Shawnee mother searching for answers after son disappears on Christmas

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SHAWNEE, Okla. –  Shawnee police are investigating the disappearance of a 27-year-old man, who was reported missing on Christmas.

The last time 27-year-old Marshall Dent was seen or heard from was at his home on Dec. 23.

His family spent their Christmas Day at the Shawnee Police Station filing a missing persons report.

Pam Dent, Marshall’s mother, says, “It’s just days and days and days gone by and I just want him home.”

Jason Crouch, a detective with the Shawnee Police Department, said, “We’re not making very many headways, you know, we’re not getting a whole lot of good leads.”

With little information to work with, investigators say receiving tips on this case is crucial.

They’re trying to gain access to Dent’s phone records but so far, nothing unusual has shown up.

They say they can’t ping it because it’s a pre-paid cell phone.

Dent suffers from schizophrenia and needs regular medication.

He also has a big family to come home to and a town that’s pleading for his safe return.

“We know on that day that he went out with some friends,” says Crouch. “They went out supposedly partying, drinking that night and no one has seen him since.”

“His son is eight and he really doesn’t know what’s going on right now,” says Pam Dent. “But I believe one day, we might have to tell him if he doesn’t show up.”

His mother says it’s unlike her son not to call, so she fears the worst.

She says the family is simply asking for closure.

“Just bring him home because I’m not going to stop until I at least have some evidence of what happened to him,” says Dent. “He wasn’t perfect but he’s our loved one.”

Shawnee police urge anyone with tips to call them at (405) 273-2121 or the CrimeStoppers hot-line at (405) 273-0989.

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