An undated photo of Zebb Quinn. (Courtesy Denise Vlahakis)
ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -
The case about an Asheville teenager who went missing more than 12 years ago is now getting national attention.
Denise Vlahakis often looks through photo albums or rearranges pictures of her son. It's what makes her smile even though she's heartbroken.
"He was a good kid and he loved his family," Vlahakis said.
On Jan. 2, 2000, Vlahakis' son, Zebb Quinn, just disappeared.
Police said when he left an Asheville Wal-Mart where he worked, he later met with a friend. Police questioned that friend, who told them he and Quinn were going to look at a car, but Quinn left him after he got a page.
"We all feel very certain that he was killed that night," Vlahakis said.
Two weeks later, a woman found Quinn's car parked at The Little Pigs Barbecue near a hospital where his mother works. Police said someone drew lips on the car's back windshield and inside they found a live puppy.
"There are people, more than one person, who know what happened," Vlahakis said.
And now 12 years later, the case it getting more national attention. The show Disappeared, which runs on the Investigation Discovery Network, features the case this month.
During the show, different theories are discussed. One is about a girl Quinn befriended. Witnesses said she had an abusive boyfriend and Quinn was afraid of him. Police also questioned the two of them, but they haven't made any arrests.
"It is hard because we don't know and it's hard because we can't say goodbye and kind of put everything at rest," Vlahakis said.
If you have any information about the case, call the Asheville Police Department.
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