Hope of Finding a Son: The Maurice “Red” Jefferson Story

(Based on a true story)

Genre:  Documentary, Drama, African-American


“Hope of Finding a Son:  The Maurice “Red” Jefferson Story, is a documentary that tells a story of a 16 year-old boy, known to his family, friends, and the people in his town as “Red”.  He was a choirboy at the Piney Grove First Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale; and he played junior varsity basketball at Dillard High School, where he was a student.  Red had a bright future ahead of him carrying aspirations of becoming a doctor one day. On November 28, 1983, around 3:30pm, Red left his home where he resided with his grandmother, Ethel Mitchell, 74.  He was headed to basketball practice at Franklin Park basketball court, but he never made it there.  “It’s like the Earth opened up and swallowed him,” said his grandmother, who still lives in the Fort Lauderdale house she shared with Maurice before he disappeared that Monday afternoon.
Case Handled By: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Media Links and Video

Maurice Jefferson’s Profile
Sun Sentinel News Story

South Florida Today News 6