People.com Crime Buffalo Boy Vanished Last August After Returning Home from Walk with His Beloved New Puppy Jaylen Griffin's family hasn't seen or heard from him since Aug. 4, 2020 By Harriet Sokmensuer Published on April 21, 2021 11:33 AM Share Tweet Pin Email The morning of Aug. 4, 2020, seemed like just another day for Jaylen Griffin and his family. Shortly before 11 a.m., the 12-year-old boy from Buffalo, N.Y., had just come home from walking his beloved new puppy, his mother Joann Ponzo tells PEOPLE. Then he said he was going to go back out. "It wasn't unusual," Ponzo says. "We live near a few stores and he would carry people's bags, and they'd give him change." But on that day, Jaylen didn't come home. His family reported him missing to Buffalo police and had him listed on the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's website. Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage? Sign up for PEOPLE's free True Crime newsletter for breaking crime news, ongoing trial coverage and details of intriguing unsolved cases. Months later, authorities believe Jaylen is still in the Buffalo area. But his family fears he's in danger. For more on this case and others, subscribe now to PEOPLE or pick up this week's issue, on newsstands Friday, and tune in to learn about the case of missing LeeAnna Warner in Little Girl Gone on People Magazine Investigates, airing May 3, 10 p.m. ET on Investigation Discovery and streaming on discovery+. "Someone may be holding him," family spokesperson, pastor Tim Newkirk, says. "His parents believe he's alive." Jaylen is described as standing 5 feet 3 inches and weighing 145 lbs. He has brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information is urged to contact Buffalo police at 716-847-2255 or to call 911.