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Local moms holding out hope missing sons will return

11:36 PM, May 7, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Two moms share the same pain and the hope that someday they will learning something about the whereabouts of their sons who walked away from Paxon Middle School eight years ago.

Mark Degner, 12, and Bryan Hayes, 13, have not been seen or heard from since February 10, 2005.

The boys, according to a witness, did not catch a bus, but walked away from the school following a day of classes.

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"You never give up hope," said Linda Alligood, Mark's mother.

"I just prayer everyday that he is safe," said Alene Hayes who is Bryan's grandmother and adoptive mother. Hayes, who now lives near Daytona Beach, adopted Bryan.

The mothers know anything is possible after three girls missing for ten years were found alive in Cleveland.  

Bryan and Mark would be in their early 20s now.  Family said there are no new leads any more following an extensive search locally at the time when they went missing.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has produced an age-progressed picture of the two boys showing what they may look like now.

"I have a lot of hope," said Hayes. "I don't intend to lose it. I'll be looking for him till the day I die."

The family has put up a $10,000 reward for information to help them get answers to the many questions they have.

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