Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Both photos shown are of Amir. He was last known to be in the company of his mother, Zinah Jennings. They may have traveled to North Carolina or Georgia. In early December, relatives reported mother and child missing to Columbia police. But it wasn’t until December 24 that Jennings was found, when she wrecked her Dodge Neon in a one-car accident near Millwood Avenue and Lady Street in Columbia. When police ran her name through law enforcement databases, they found she and her son were listed as missing. Once detectives began question her, Jennings gave different accounts of Amir’s whereabouts. After her accident, when Jennings was taken to the hospital, she told workers there she did not have a child, according to police. Jennings later told police Amir was in Atlanta with a sister, in Charlotte with a friend and in Columbia with a friend. Police checked all these stories out and could find no one to verify them. Finally, December 29, police arrested Jennings on charges of unlawful conduct toward a child. Amir remains missing. Since Jennings has been in jail, she has been examined by state-appointed mental health professionals and found to be mentally ill. Police have searched wooded areas near Columbia, used cadaver dogs to examine Jennings’ Lady Street home and taken DNA samples from the home. Police also said they found clothes and blankets with what appeared to be blood on them in Jennings’ car. The results of those tests were not available. FOUL PLAY SUSPECTED.
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