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Vanishing act – Joliet man missing since June 4 party turns up in Iowa jail

Pierre Fuqua
Pierre Fuqua

A Joliet man missing since he left a party nine days ago was arrested and jailed in a different state hours after he left the June 4 bash in Morris.

Pierre Fuqua, 30, was stopped by the Iowa State Patrol in Keokuk County, Iowa, and charged with driving while intoxicated at 2:30 a.m. June 5, said Deputy Jeff Runnels of the Keokuk Sheriff’s Office. Fuqua has been behind bars ever since.

His bond was set at just $1,000, but Runnels said Fuqua wasn’t eager to post it and get out of jail. The deputy said Fuqua wants to remain in custody until his next court date.

Despite Runnels take on Fuqua’s wishes, the jailed man’s mom, Deborah Carver, was eager to get her son home and was making arrangeements to travel to Iowa.

“I felt my life had stopped,” Carver said. “I stopped living because I didn’t know where my child was. Crazy thoughts go through a mother’s head no matter how old they are.”

Joliet police Lt. Mike Batis explained that, because Fuqua was arrested before the missing person report was filed, the authorities in Keokuk did not know right away he was being sought.

Keokuk County is roughly three and a half hours and 220 miles away from Morris, which is almost a straight shot on Interstate 80.

The police and Carver have no answers for how Fuqua ended up all the way out in Keokuk County after the party.

“I think he was just cruising and was unaware he went over the state line,” Carver said. “I’m not going to question it. I’m happy he’s been found.”

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