Fashaad Lee, 19, disappeared March 5.
Police suspect foul play, but Lee's family is holding out hope that he will return.
"Fashaad is such a loving young man," his mother, Felicity Lee, said. "He has such a great heart."
But the tears in her eyes and fear in her voice are part of every mother's worst heartbreak.
Family members say Fashaad vanished Saturday, March 5 after a man calling himself John knocked on the door asking for him.
"I told Fashaad someone was looking for him, then he went out on the porch to talk to the guy," said Braggs Lee, Fashaad's grandfather. "Five minutes later he just disappeared. He always let us know if he was leaving the house. This is the first time he has ever left without saying a word."
Fashaad has been seen since then but police cell phone records place him in or around the Mazerick Park area the day he disappeared. That's where the trail goes cold.
Police say Lee was able to send a cryptic text message to his family.
"We are not at liberty to release the text message, as it is part of our ongoing investigation, but it does lead the family and detectives to believe Lee's life is in danger," Fayetteville police spokesperson Gavin MacRoberts said.
Officers combed the woods around the park but found no clues. Family members say someone knows something about Fashaad's disappearance. They're begging for help.
"Please, please bring my child home," said Annette Lee, Fashaad's grandmother. "Please, that's my prayer."
The family asks anyone with information to contact Fayetteville police.