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Missing child, now in his 20s possibly spotted in Hinesville Wal-Mart
Age progressed photo of Jamal Abdul Faruq - photo by Photo provided by National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Hinesville Det. Maj. Thomas Cribbs is asking for help in find a long-missing person.

He said Hinesville Police was called in by the Richmond, Va., Police Department, saying they received an anonymous tip about a 1990 child abduction that was recently profiled on America’s Most Wanted Web site. RPD Det. James P. Baynes said the tip is leading authorities to search the Hinesville area.

AMW profiled Jamal Abdul Faruq on its Web site on May 28.

According to the profile, Jamal and his brother, Basil, were abducted from their Richmond neighborhood in April 1990.

Three days after the abduction, police found the older brother’s remains inside a dumpster. The child had been bound, gagged and stabbed in the back.

But Jamal Abdul Faruq was never found.

After profiling the case on its Web site, AMW received an anonymous tip on June 2, from an anonymous source saying they saw Faruq at the Hinesville Wal-Mart on June 1.

The caller said he thought Faruq was wearing blue jeans and red T-shirt with the Nike logo on it.

A few days later Baynes received a second tip through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

The person said he had a friend who he thought looked a lot like the missing child. The tipster said he was at his friend’s house in Hinesville where he reportedly spotted pictures of Faruq as a child. The person said the photos appeared to match those on the missing child’s profile.

Anyone with information about Faruq is asked to call 1-800-CRIMETV or e-mail information directly to the Web site at:

All calls are answered by AMW hotline operators, not law enforcement and the caller can remain anonymous.

To see the complete AMW profile on Faruq and his brother visit:

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