Spartanburg Co. family searches for answers two years after murder

Walk for Jermaine West_209969

On Saturday, the family of Jermaine West will hold a remembrance walk in his honor. The family says they want the public to come out and support their mission to find West as well as support other families who’ve lost loved ones to violence. 

Marcus Todd shot and kidnapped West in broad daylight in May of 2016. After he shot West, Todd threw his body in the backseat of an SUV. However, his body has still not been found. 

Todd is now serving a life sentence without parole for murder. 

The family continues to search for West’s body almost daily, but they haven’t gotten any answers.

“As I hit that area, I’ll say Jermaine if you’re out there, I’m here,” Eva Thompson, West’s mother said. “I’m close.”

Because they haven’t found his body, Thompson says the family can’t get a death certificate or even a final goodbye. 

“I pray and ask why I cannot get closure,” Thompson said. “That’s all we want is closure to bury my son.”

The family says Todd hasn’t been helpful, but they have a message to send to him. 

“We’re not going to stop, and we won’t stop until we bring Jermaine home,” Thompson said. 

7News reached out to the Woodruff Police Department to see if they had any update on the search, but they have not yet responded. 

The walk starts at 4:30 at McKinney Park in Woodruff. The family says they will provide transportation for people who are unable to walk. 

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