FELTON, Del. - A man classified as a "Walk Away" by the Delaware department of corrections is still missing after nearly eight weeks.
After what they call an unusual disappearance, the family of Cheyenne Algier is asking the public for help.
Cheyenne was in a Delaware work release program, after violating his probation on a previous assault conviction, but just a few weeks before he was finished serving his time, the Kent County man apparently disappeared.
Over the past 8 weeks, his family hasn't stopped searching for their loved one.
"You don't expect it to happen to your family," says Roberta Hall, Cheyenne's sister.
Finishing up his last few weeks at Morris Community Corrections Center in Dover, a place for offenders transitioning back into the community, on September 25th, his last day out on an approved pass from Morris, Cheyenne's mother, Bonnie, says she was supposed to take her son back to the facility, when his girlfriend offered to instead.
The mother says the last words she heard from her son were "I will see you tomorrow mom. I'll text you. I love you. And he just walked out and got in her car."
The family believes Cheyenne and his girlfriend headed toward her family's home in Ohio. They say she returned to Delaware four weeks later, but no one has apparently seen or heard from the 22 year-old Felton man.
Bank statements show, the day before his disappearance, Algier's debit card was used purchase credits on a calling card for his girlfriend, to be used for when he returned to the corrections center. A sign the family believes shows he had no plans of not returning that night.
One fear is that Cheyenne fell back into old, bad habits. "He had dabbled in heroine -- I was aware of that," says Bonnie.
Despite a troubled past, Cheyenne's family says things had started to turn around. He'd apparently been clean for two years, found a job working construction, and was looking forward getting back to helping to raise his two year old daughter Ava, who sits, looking at pictures of her young father, asking when he'll return.
Worried, his mother Bonnie says "this is not like him. This is definitely not like him."
Since Cheyenne didn't return to Morris Corrections, he is considered a walk away. The Delaware Department of Corrections says they've exhausted all leads in finding him.
WMDT has reached out to the woman the family says Cheyenne was last seen with, and is waiting for a response.
Since he is a walk away from the Department of Corrections, Cheyenne will likely face some legal consequences if he's found and brought back to Delaware, but the family says they would rather have him safe behind bars, than to continue not knowing where he is.
"I know that sounds crazy as a mother to want your child to be arrested and brought back and put back in jail, but it's for his own good," says Bonnie, "I want him. I want him home."
Anyone with information on Algier is asked to call the Delaware Department of Corrections at 800-542-9524.
There is also a Facebook page dedicated to helping the family find Cheyenne, called Help Find Cheyenne.
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