Did father kill missing boy?

April 1, 2009 9:08:36 PM PDT
Three years ago next week, young Kendrick Jackson was last seen in Fort Bend County. There's a potential bombshell about his father, now in jail on an unrelated charge. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

Next Tuesday, marks the third anniversary of the disappearance of three year old Kendrick Jackson. Prosecutors say they may at last have the information they need to move forward with murder charges.

Bob Walcutt remembers those first few days in April of 2006 when an entire community began searching for little Kendrick Jackson.

"The little boy's picture, he looked like a little angel, just a sweet looking little boy. I can see why anyone would try and come out and find him," said Walcutt of the Laura Recovery Center.

Jackson went missing from an apartment complex on Wilcrest where investigators say he was last seen with his father Roderick Fountain.

"It's just a long, hard waiting period," said Walcutt.

While Fountain remained under an umbrella of suspicion, he was only charged and convicted in a federal firearms case and is now serving a 15-year prison term.

Eyewitness News has learned that new information has come to light to Harris County prosecutors that ties the murder of Kendrick Jackson to Roderick Fountain. Prosecutors hope to file murder charges soon.

"To tie someone to the crime, someone would have to see him kill the boy, hurt the young boy, hide the body, someone's going to have to overhear a conversation where he admitted something," said Joel Androphy, KTRK's legal analyst.

Kendrick Jackson still hasn't been found.

"It's very difficult to make a murder case without a body, without a victim," said Androphy.

While justice for the Jackson family could be around the corner, Walcutt says the road ahead is still a very long one.

"I don't think a family that's lost a child ever finds real peace, it's always in the back of their mind," said Walcutt.

Most of Jackson's family has relocated to the Dallas area since his disappearance. We did speak to relatives by phone who said that any break in the case would be welcome news, especially as they prepare for the third anniversary of Kendrick's disappearance.

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