Alabama Friends Go Missing on Trip & Hunter Finds Cell Phone in Woods

Two male friends from Alabama went on a trip to Sacramento, California and have not been heard from in over two weeks. LaDexter Pelt, 25 and John DuBose Jr., 20 arrived at Sacramento International Airport on the morning of November 4. The last contact that was made by either men was a message to Pelt’s mother saying he arrived in Sacramento.

Surveillance footage obtained from the airport by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office shows the men getting into a dark blue, four-door sedan, potentially a Nissan or Toyota.

Family members began to get worried after they had not heard from the men for two days after their arrival. A missing persons report was filed for both men and cops started to investigate the disappearances.

Investigators were able to track Dubose’s phone to the Sutter Bypass Wildlife Area in Gridley, California. An individual who was hunting near the Feather River Bridge found the cell phone belonging to DuBose and turned it into authorities. Foot searches and ATVs were launched in the area, canvassing the open space outside the town of Nicolaus. “The search of the entire area surrounding the bridge crossing yielded no additional information,” Gridley police said in a statement.

On November 9, police were able to track Pelt’s phone to the area of the Wyndham hotel on Madison Avenue in Sacramento. The hotel staff was questioned by investigators and the area was searched, but it provided no leads.

Pelt and DuBose’s last known location is in Gridley, California, according to phone records obtained by investigators. Family members have commented they are unaware of any friends the men had in that area. Police say they have “no further information” on the car that picked them up from the airport.

Anyone with information about Pelt and Dubose is asked to call the Gridley Police Department at 530-846-5670.

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