Mom launches search in Matoaca grad’s disappearance

Posted at 11:32 PM, Apr 18, 2013

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WTVR)--Living the military life, Nequia Davidson knows all about missions, never thinking she'd have one of her own.

April 6 changed that though, because that’s the last time she heard from her son Zarquel Webb. The Matoaca grad and Chicago Art Institute student has vanished without a trace.

"My son is missing. I have not spoken to him in weeks,” said Davidson. “I don't know where he is or why he hasn't contacted his family or reached out to us via social media."

Webb had a dream of one day having a career in the film or music industry.  His mom tells CBS 6 he was using his stepfather’s G-I bill to go to the prestigious school in Chicago.

"I can't imagine my son with no money,” said Davidson.  “So we put money in there."

She says her son's bank account has been dormant. She hasn't spoken to him in nearly two weeks and said the school told her they haven't seen him since late March.

“He's never done anything like this,” she insisted.  “He's a good kid. He's a good kid."

Perhaps the most bizarre twist in his disappearance is that Davidson did get a text from her son’s phone on April 13.

The messenger saying it was not Zarquel, but that his phone was found on the ground in Sacramento, California.

"I think my son trusted people,” she said. “I don't know what has happened, if he's in a cult or underground?"

Is he in Sacramento now? Detectives from that area tell CBS 6 a missing person’s report has been filed and they are looking.

The 19-year-old, raised in a military family, has world experience on his side. His mother hopes he uses that to find his way home.

"I just don't know what to think, I just want him to come home," Davidson said.

She has set up a Facebook page called, "Where's Zarquel Webb?"  Davidson says she got a creepy and cryptic message from someone on that page and has since forwarded that to Sacramento PD.