Community members gather to share information about missing Springfield man

Hampden County

Dozens gathered to share information and talk about Achim Bailey Thursday night. 

Bailey disappeared in Springfield more than two weeks ago, and one family member said the whole city’s been helping with their search.

“He’s just a lovely person, that’s why I just don’t understand why anybody would want to hurt him,” said Ni, Bailey’s cousin. 

As the search for missing 23-year-old Achim Bailey extends into the third week, friends, family members, and even complete strangers moved by Bailey’s story gathered in Springfield Thursday night.

They came out to share information and talk about their friend.  

“He’s the type of guy that would give you anything,” Ni added. “In the blistering cold, he would have given you his jacket if you needed it.” 

Achim, a Central high graduate, was last seen leaving a bar at the hall of fame on January 13. A search near the river last week turned up Achim’s cell phone. His cousin said the city have rallied to help find him, even people who don’t know him.  

“Listen my city is one of the greatest cities,” said Ni. “The people that are supporting my family, I don’t know half of y’all, but I appreciate y’all and y’all have had our backs the whole entire way.” 

Sharell Willis didn’t know Achim personally, but she organized Thursday’s gathering and has been helping get the word out. 

“Since I heard the story, it’s been really on my heart just to see someone so young,” said Willis. “There are investigators there are detectives, but we as a community we also play a big role in this as well.” 

Billboards have gone up offering a $7,000 reward for information on Bailey’s disappearance. The group gathered Thursday, won’t stop until they find him. 

“Y’all won’t let this die down and neither will my family,” Ni told 22News. “What the whole city is hoping, for him to come home safe. That’s all we want, is for Achim to come home.” 

Anyone with information should contact Springfield Police.

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