Runaway’s mom wants daughter home for Christmas

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, December 21, 2011

All Tracey Berry wants for Christmas is her daughter, Jazzman, home safe and sound.

In fact, there are Christmas presents under the tree with Jazzman’s name on them, and a hug and kiss waiting for the a 15-year-old Andalusia High School student who left home earlier this month and allegedly traveled to Mobile to meet a man she met on the Internet. 

“All I want for Christmas is for Jazzman to come home,” Berry said.

Berry thinks that, while her daughter may be in Mobile, she truly believes Jazzman may be staying closer to home.

Jazzman was last seen on Thurs., Dec. 1, when Tracey dropped her off at school. She did not report to class and left the school campus.

“I was told that her principal confiscated a phone that Jazzman had borrowed from a classmate, and she’d been texting a man,” Berry said. “It said she was supposed to be in Opp at a hotel. The man’s name is ‘Mike,’ and they’re supposed to be headed to Mobile.”

“I truly believe, in my heart, she’s staying somewhere between Andalusia and Opp,” she said.

This is the second time the girl has run away from home to meet a man she met on the Internet, her mother said. She was later found in Ramer on Dec. 28, 2010. She’d been gone 20 days. If she’s not found, it will be the second Christmas she’s missed with her family.

“She’s a teenager, and teenagers do crazy things sometimes,” Berry said. “I believe she’s been influenced by an older man who bought her things, someone who promised her the world.

“Everyone makes mistakes, and she’s a teenager,” she said. “It’s not hard to impress a teenage girl. She probably thinks she’s in love, but I want her to come home.”

Berry reiterated that she thought her daughter was in the area and asked residents to report any sighting to the Andalusia Police Department.

“I think (Jazzman’s) locally,” she said. “She said after she ran away the first time, she said she’d never go to a big city again because of her experience. That’s why I don’t think she’s far.

“She may be afraid to contact me because she thinks I’m mad, but I’m hoping that she reads this or hears about this and calls me.

“I want to tell her that she can always come home,” she said. “No matter what I’m waiting by the phone,” she said. “There’s presents for her under the tree, ready for her to open on Christmas.”

Berry said family friends have posted flyers in the Mobile area in case the two traveled through or are staying in the area.

Jazzman, who is 5’6” and weighs approximately 165 pounds, was last seen wearing blue jeans, black Polo snow boots, a white shirt and a black jacket with fur around rim of hood. She has shoulder length black hair with pink highlights.

Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Jazzman Berry can contact the Andalusia Police Department at 222-1155.

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of home for the holidays features. To suggest a story in this series, email, or call 222.2402.