By Elizabeth Matthews
East St. Louis, IL (KSDK) - NewsChannel 5 is hearing from the man who could have been the last person to see a missing mother. Her baby was found at a Breckenridge Hills apartment building last Friday, but police are still searching for 30-year-old Ebony Jackson and her car.
There are still a lot of unanswered questions surrounding this case, but one East St. Louis family says all seemed well Thursday night when Ebony and her baby came to visit.
It's a puzzle with more missing pieces than found.
The mother, 30-year-old Ebony Jackson, born and raised in East St. Louis and currently living in Oklahoma City, is gone. The child, a 3-month-old baby boy found safe and sound. The car, also missing and police think may be the link to the case.
All of this is still settling in for a man who says he was probably one of the last to see Jackson before she disappeared.
"That feels kind of weird it really does, I mean I don't know how you feel when you get the news that somebody may be hurt or harmed and you are the last person to see them," says Eric Shepard.
Jackson was in town to visit friends and family and introduce them to her new son. Longtime family friend Shepard and his mom were on Jackson's list to visit and all seemed well, until Friday.
"I was looking at the news and I say, that's Ebony's baby!" says Shepard. "I called my mother and I told her, because the day before we saw Ebony which was Thursday night, I held the baby for 15 -20 minutes."
The night before Jackson went missing she visited with the friends of the family for about 40 minutes.
"She was in good spirits, she wasn't hurt or harmed or anything so I thought it was just business as usual," says Shepard.
He says he has since found out that Jackson told a family member there was someone else in the car with her. He points the blame at no one, but wishes he knew who she was riding with.
"From East St. Louis to Breckenridge Hills, I think there was some kind of foul play in there," he says.
While not family Shepard says he thinks of Ebony Jackson as his niece and like many others is praying for the pieces of the puzzle to be found.
"We just want her to be found, hopefully alive," says Shepard.
Police say they are desperately searching for the white 2004 Mitsubishi Galant with Colorado license plates. They are trying to get the car's GPS turned on, they are checking surveillance video and Jackson has been listed in a national database.
Still if you have any info, contact your local police or CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS.