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Two reported missing
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David Wood

Dawson County Sheriff's Office is currently asking for the public's help in locating two young men.

Mason Cox and David Wood were reported missing by their parents on Jan. 2. The boys were last seen in the Fredericks Cove area off of Ga. 400.

"David and Mason have been best friends for years. They are good boys," said Ethelyn Geiger, David Wood's mother. "They did what normal 20 year olds did. They went night fishing that morning and were supposed to come back and hang out with us for the day after New Year's. They didn't come back. We haven't seen them since. We don't know where they are."

According to Sheriff's Maj. Tony Wooten, the two young men have been missing for more than 24 hours.

"The boys were initially reported to have gone fishing, but both of their poles are currently at their homes," Wooten said. "There is video footage of a vehicle pulling up to one of the homes and then leaving the night they went missing."

According to the parents' of both boys, the boys left various items of importance at Cox's house before disappearing.

"My son left his cell phone, his wallet, the shirt he was wearing that night - it's all in his room," said Leanne Cox, Mason's mother. "His car is here. He's just gone."

While Cox left his phone, Wood apparently took his, according to his mother.

"We think they may have been picked up by a friend," Leanne Cox said. "They didn't take their cars. Both of their cars are here. We don't know what happened. It's like they just disappeared into thin air."

According to the parents, the boys grew up on the lake, so it's not unusual for the boys to go fishing late at night.

The boys left to go fishing at 3:30 a.m. Thursday morning and, according to Wooten, the Sheriff's Office has found evidence that they boys did fish from a neighbor's pier.

The sheriff's office has surveillance footage turned in by a neighbor that shows an unknown vehicle pulling up to the home before leaving a short time later.

"Right now, we're still investigating the vehicle found on the surveillance tapes," Wooten said. "The family is working with us. We have a potential description of the vehicle, but we're not releasing that information at this time."

The boys live within two houses of each other in the Fredericks Cove neighborhood.

Currently, no foul play is suspected, but it has not been ruled out, according to authorities.

"At this point, we don't suspect foul play. There's nothing other than that they got up to go fishing and at that point they haven't been seen since," Wooten said. "We've got nothing to show that any foul play was involved."

Both mothers have said that they are still holding onto hope that their boys are just out of touch.

"These are strong kids. They are smart. Something stupid has just happened," Cox said. "Everybody is here for you. Nothing is going to happen. If anything is wrong, don't worry, we're here to support you. We're here."

"David, Mason, if you can hear this, please call somebody," Geiger said. "We're very worried about you. We just want to find our boys."

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of these individuals, contact Inv. Christopher Murphy at (706) 344-3636.

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