COLUMBIA — Police are looking for a Jefferson City boy who has been missing since Saturday.
Markell X. Beasley, 6, traveled to St. Louis with family members of Demitrius Beasley for a Christmas gathering on Saturday, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol release. Demitrius Beasley's family delivered Markell to him in St. Louis.
Michelle Gelling, the boy's mother, exchanged a series of text messages and phone call with Demitrius Beasley. He allegedly sent Gelling a series of texts and a phone call saying that he would not return the child.
Although Demitrius Beasley partially raised Markell, he is not the boy's biological father and does not have any legal rights to him, the news release stated.
There is no indication that there the Christmas gathering in St. Louis ever took place, according to the release.
Markell was last seen wearing an orange hat, a gray and orange coat, a blue shirt and blue jeans. The child is a 4-foot-3-inches tall, black male. He weighs 52 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes.
Demitrius Beasley, the man whom Markell is believed to be with, is a 40-year-old black male. He is 5-feet-11-inches tall, weighs 200 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes.
Anyone who has seen Markell or Demitrius Beasley or has information about their whereabouts should call 911 or the Jefferson City Police Department at 634-6351.