Name: Jaylen Griffin
Age: 12 years old
Last seen: August 4, 2020
Location: Buffalo, New York
Status: Still missing
12 year old Jaylen Griffin was last seen in Buffalo, New York on August 4, 2020. He disappeared after going to the store around 11:00 am.
Jaylen Griffin was born to mother Joann Ponzo on April 22, 2008. At the time of his disappearance he was living with his family in the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood of Buffalo, New York.
He was in sixth grade, and often spent time at the stores near his home offering to carry people’s bags for money.
On August 4, 2020, Jaylen Griffin was last seen at his home on Warren Avenue in Buffalo, New York.
After getting home from walking his new puppy, Jaylen went into his mother’s room around 11:00 am and told her he was heading out to the store.
Jaylen hasn’t been seen or heard from since.
His family immediately reported him missing to the Buffalo Police Department when he failed to return home.
Jaylen’s social media was deactivated after he went missing.
His family has recieved reports of people seeing Jaylen in the Buffalo area, but none of them have been confirmed.
“The Buffalo Police Department’s Special Victims Unit continues this investigation as an active missing person investigation and are following up on any and all leads that come our way,” Deputy Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia told the Buffalo News.
On February 15, 2020, Jaylen’s 18 year old brother Jawaan Griffin was shot and killed on Memorial Drive in Buffalo. Jaylen never showed up to the funeral.
His mother believes Jaylen is either under someone’s influence or that someone did something to her son. She does not believe he would run away on his own.
Authorities believe he is alive and still in the area, but his family fears he is in danger.
Jaylen’s mother, 48 year old Joann Ponzo, passed away in September 2023 without ever knowing what happened to her son.
The location of Jaylen Griffin, as well as the circumstances surrounding his disappearance, remains unknown. His case is classified as endangered missing and remains unsolved.
Black male born on April 22, 2008. Jaylen has black hair and brown eyes. He stood 5’3 tall and weighed 145 at the time of his disappearance.
Clothing and accessories:
Jaylen was last seen wearing a black t-shirt, sweat pants, and white Nike sneakers.
If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Jaylen Griffin please contact the Buffalo Police Department at (716) 853-2222, or the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at (800) THE-LOST.
Resources & Further Information
News & Media Links
Community Group Vows to Continue Search For Jaylen Griffin After Sudden Death of his Mother – WKBW
New Photos Created to Show What Buffalo Teen Would Look Like 3 Years Later – WGRZ
Emotional Prayer Vigil for Jaylen Griffin Missing For Three Years – WKBW
‘Somebody Has My Son, Or Did Something to My Son,’ Mother Says of Missing 12 Year Old Boy – Newsbreak
Renewed Plea For Help Finding Missing Buffalo Boy – WKBW