Missing man who flew to Charlotte in September found safe

- UPDATE: 10/17/17 - A missing young man who traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina and hadn't been seen by his family since, has been located and is safe. 

A viewer, Jennifer Williams, saw FOX 46 Charlotte's report on Malik Kimbrel, 20, and a flyer that Missing Children's Resources' made and contacted their team. 

The team got a hold of the mother, who traveled to Hickory, North Carolina to pick her son up. 


A mother is pleading for the public's help in a search to locate her missing 20-year-old son, Malik Kimbrel.

Mother Carmen Kimbrel spoke with FOX 46 Charlotte more than a month after her son's disappearance. 

"We just want to know that he's safe and okay because this out of character for him,” she said. “He just vanished and we feel kind of helpless,” Carmen said.  

Many describe Malik Kimbrel as gifted.

“He has two presidential awards signed by Bush and Obama, he's made such an impact in such a short time,” his mother said.

After high school, Malik started working as a graphics designer for a company based in New Zealand. He was enrolled in online college courses and leading up to his disappearance, was doing Job Corp training in Kentucky.

His mom said that wasn't working out for him, so he left on a flight to Charlotte where his dad lives. The plane landed on September 7, and she said the airline confirmed he was on it.

“Forty days ago he stepped off a plane and he's gone. And we don’t have any explanation as to where he went and we're just really, really concerned,” she said.

She also said that his health is a concern because he requires daily medication. 

Multiple investigative agencies are involved including Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police. You can contact investigators with information at 704-336-8398.

“What we want is for the word to get out and his face to get out and for him to come home,” his mother said.


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