Michael Fauntleroy Jr. has been missing since February 24th, 2011. At the time of his disappearance, the 25 year-old lived in Trenton, New Jersey with his mother and young son. Michael was last seen in their East Trenton neighborhood on the evening he vanished. He sent his mother a text around midnight to tell her he was coming home. Despite this, Michael never made it home and has never been seen or heard from again.
Michael's family members immediately knew something was wrong when they were unable to get ahold of him. He reportedly had a strong relationship with his parents and siblings. Michael also left behind two children and a pregnant girlfriend, which was extremely uncharacteristic of him. The East Trenton neighborhood where Michael and his family lived had been a tight-knit community, but after he vanished his family members began to believe that certain people in the community were withholding information.
Once detectives began investigating, they learned that Michael was targeted. While detectives have not elaborated on how they came to this conclusion, they did mention that it was possible he was targeted due to a dispute over drug sales. Michael had a criminal record for selling drugs, but it was reportedly just a minor record. According to his family members, Michael was not deeply involved in selling drugs. However, based on the information that investigators were able to dig up, it appeared likely that Michael had met with foul play.
Detectives best theory is that Michael might have been lured to Hart Avenue, which dead-ends at Assunpink Creek. Searches at and around the creek were conducted, but no sign of Michael was found. Other than this theory, investigators said that they have very little additional information to work with. Detectives have reportedly offered some people incentives to provide information about Michael's case--but nobody has taken that offer.
Michael remains missing today. His case is still open. If you have any information that could lead to his whereabouts, please call (609) 278-8477 to submit an anonymous tip.