Sgt. Jonathan Ferguson was last seen in the early hours of February 14th at an IHOP Restaurant that was about 6 miles from the base where he is stationed in Yuma, AZ.
Witnesses who last saw Ferguson at IHOP told investigators he left on foot, saying he was headed back to the base.
On Friday, over 80 local Marines joined federal, state and military law enforcement authorities to help conduct an extended ground search for Ferguson in the northwest part of town. Agents from the Yuma Sector Border Patrol with a canine searched an area that morning from the Ocean-to-Ocean Bridge to the West Wetlands, where they thought Ferguson might be. Naval Criminal Investigative Service investigators, the Yuma County Sheriff's Office and several other government agencies are working together to find the missing Marine. NCIS investigators have reported Ferguson's disappearance as a “missing person” case and stated they are working diligently to seek out more details that might bring them closer to finding him.
I contacted Sgt. Ferguson’s family in West Monroe, LA. His sister, Amie Diel, said that her brother was with an unknown woman at the IHOP and that she told investigators Ferguson left on foot alone and that she left in her vehicle that morning. Family members have not been able to speak to this woman and investigators will not reveal her name to the family or the public.
Ferguson’s phone pinged later that evening in an area that was about 10 miles in the opposite direction of the base, which is what led investigators to the wooded area that was searched. So far, no sign of the Marine.
Ferguson, 22, is described as 5 feet 10 inches tall, with dark hair, a slim build and wears glasses.
Investigators urge local citizens to call 928-269-2305 if they have any information about Ferguson's location.