TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – It’s been nine years to the day since authorities found Scott Javins.
He was only 20-years-old when he went missing nearly 15 years ago. It took five years for authorities to discover his car and body in the Wabash Valley.
Although it’s been nine years, Scott’s mother Doreena Javins says it seems like yesterday.
“I can still tell you what I did that day. It’s something we can’t forget,” said Javins. “Something we don’t ever want to experience again. We don’t want anyone to experience it.”
She wonders if she hadn’t lost her only son, where he would be life.
“What we he be doing? How many kids would he have? How many grandkids would we have? You know we miss that too,” said Javins.
It’s nightmare she hopes no other families have to go through alone.
“I stood there by the door many, many days just hoping he’d come around the corner. Just hoping he’d come home,” said Javins.
Doreena and her husband Merv have made it their mission to counsel other families still searching for a loved one.
“Now I’m more aware when I hear someone has gone missing. I stop and listen,” said Javins. “I think what can we do? Can we help them? And we have.”
The Javins use their own boat to search for a missing person or a missing car. They’ve had success in finding missing vehicles here in the Wabash Valley.
They hope to give back to the community that has given them support for so many years.
“Showing them that we know how they feel to have lost a loved one. To not know where they’re at,” said Javins.
So nine years later, the Javins are taking the tragedy of losing their only son and turning that loss into helping others. They’re making sure no one has to endure the pain they went through alone.
“I’ll always be his mom. Merv will always be his dad,” said Javins. “And he will always be our baby.”
Authorities urge anyone with information about a missing person to report it. Every piece of evidence is important and can be the difference between life and death.
If you have any information on a missing person’s case, call crime stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.