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Mother of missing Beaufort man seeks answers

More than two weeks after she reported him missing from his Beaufort home, his mother continues to look for answers.

"It's very frustrating," said Janice Steve said Monday. " It's been a roller coaster. The family is just up and down."

Her son, Ver'mon Steve, 36, vanished from his Greene Street home Oct. 26, his car still in the driveway.

Ver'mon Steve was reported missing around 9:30 p.m. to the Beaufort Police Department, according to the incident report.

He did not show up for his two jobs -- a full time one at a steel company in Hardeeville or a second part-time job at a Beaufort restaurant, Janice Steve said.

The police department is releasing little information about the disappearance, citing what it calls an active and ongoing, Ofc. Hope Able of said Monday.

"He would never be gone for this amount of time without calling me," Janice Steve said.

Her first round of calls went directly to Steve's cell phone voicemail.

Now, it no longer rings and has been disconnected.

Steve was last seen the day before in Beaufort at Walmart buying paint for his car, Janice Steve said.

She said his car was found in his driveway with paint on it.

One of her son's friends told her he went to Steve's house and was held at gunpoint by two men when he went to check on Steve.

The friend was able to get away, but did not see her son.

Though her son served a three-year prison sentence 15 years ago on drug charges, she said he has worked to turn his life around through his faith once he got out.

"Vermon is a fun-loving kind of people person," Janice Steve said.

Steve has been a deacon at Applied Word Ministry in Yemassee for approximately 4 years, Janice Steve said, and drives his 95-year-old great grandfather to services.

"I asked his friends if he had been involved in that (drug) world again, and they said he never had any dealings with that ever again," Janice Steve said.

With so little information available, waiting to hear what happened to her son is the hardest part.

"Every time the phone rings, you want to answer it, but you don't want to answer it," she said.

"This is not something I would wish on my worst enemy."

Anyone with information on Vermon Steve's whereabouts can call Sgt. George Erdel at 843-322-7958 or the police department's dispatch center at 843-524-2777. Anonymous tips can be made to 843-322-7938.

Follow Caitlin Turner on Twitter at twitter.com/Cait_E_Turner.

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