Friday was Devon Sinclair Marsman’s 17th birthday but there’s no cake on the table, no presents waiting to be unwrapped.
Instead, his mother Theresa Gray doesn’t know if he is alive or dead. But she fears the worst.
Devon disappeared Feb. 25 after taking a taxi to a location in Spryfield, Gray said in an interview Friday at lunchtime in her home. He was reported missing to police on March 4.
It’s been seven months with no word, sightings or clues as to what happened to the small teen who stood five feet tall and weighed about 100 pounds.
“I don’t even know how to put it into words,” Gray said. “I feel like I’m being tortured. Me and my kids are extremely close and there’s no worse feeling than a mother searching for her son, right? Or searching for any child for that matter.”
Devon has an older brother and three older sisters. Gray said he was “super close” with his siblings.
“That’s why this makes no sense. He never even left my house without telling me he loved me. So there’s no way that he would be staying away if he could come home.”
Gray said Devon is an “excellent kid” who never gave her any trouble before. She described him as very calm and polite.
“He struggled a bit at school,” she said. “He got diagnosed in Grade 9 with dyslexia and he just didn’t want to go to school because he didn’t want to ask for the help where he struggled, but even the teachers … they never had a bad thing to say about him. When he was in school, he was always respectable.”
Devon was in Grade 11 at Citadel High when he disappeared. His mother said he was not picked on in any way.
“He was the most-liked child,” she said. “I know for sure he wasn’t being bullied.”
She said he was very sociable and a jokester who loved to pull pranks.