ETX family and friends hosting prayer vigil for missing Derrick Daniels

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) – Family and friends of Derrick Dwayne Daniels, 39, who has been missing since January are holding a prayer vigil for him Saturday.

The prayer vigil is set for 5 PM to 7 PM at Richie Street Park on the corner of Richie and Powers streets in Nacogdoches.

Mamie Daniels has lots of time to think about her missing son.

She's on dialysis three times a week.

Sometimes the twin she calls lil' comes to her in dreams.

"He'd holler, 'Mom' and I'd say, 'what'. and I did that a couple of times without anybody standing there. I would just wake up," said Mamie.

In 1997, at age 24, the former Nacogdoches High School student had been convicted on federal drug charges.

Then in 2006, Daniels was in jail on a misdemeanor assault.

 Today, the family describes the 39-year-old as a good father and husband wanting to start a new business.

Daniels' father is concerned his son's nature of helping anyone out may have led to trouble. He also worries about big city ways.

"Down there people see things and they don't say nothing about things. Strange thing I've ever seen, you know," said William Daniels.

"The not knowing has been really hard on the family and nobody calling in to give information that might lead to his whereabouts has been really hard," said Christi Daniels, the missing man's sister-in-law.

Fort Bend County officials broadened their search to East Texas for Derrick Daniels, who has missing for three months now from the Kings bridge subdivision of Fort Bend County. 

There are no leads in the investigation, so the family relies on prayer.

"It's not going to stop the pain. It's not going to stop the wondering but maybe it can give some type of peace," said New Hope Baptist Church pastor John Mosley Jr.

The Crime Stoppers there is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that will help them.

"We hope the prayer vigil will help us keep the word out and stimulate some tips," said Christi Daniels.  "We feel certain someone out there knows something, we just pray they will come forward or call in to give information."

"I'm trying to keep a positive outlook that he'll return home. If not, my worse fear would be that he's dead," said Mamie.

Derrick Daniels was last seen at his residence in Fort Bend County on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012. He was known to be driving a 2002 tan-colored Chevrolet Tahoe, Texas license plate TXS-105.   

You are asked to call Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office at 281-341-4665, Fort Bend Crime Stoppers, Inc. at 281-342-TIPS (8477) or text plus the tip to CRIMES (274637) if you have information that could help. Tips also can be submitted online at

All calls to Crime Stoppers are anonymous.

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