It's been a long few days for family and friends of one Jacksonville man. Thirty-five-year old Mazi Bul Haque has not been seen or heard from since Sunday night. The Cherokee County Sheriff's Department says Haque was reported to be last seen at Super Shop 5, a convenience store he owns in Jacksonville. Co-workers and friends say they don't understand why this has happened.
"Haque would have done anything for anybody," said Nikki Amin, a friend of Haque's. "He wouldn't have harmed anyone. You know if had the last penny he would have gave it to anyone that wanted it." It's that friendly personality, friends say could have gotten Haque in trouble.
"He's a very nice person," said Linda Herrington, Haque's coworker. "He's very trustworthy. That's what scares me because he'll trust anyone." Haque was at a wedding reception in Garrison Sunday afternoon.
"He was fine," said Erica Razi, another coworker. "He cooked all day. He was happy." Friends say that night he returned to the Super Shop 5 to close up.
"When he left that was the last time anybody ever heard from him, so anything could have happened," said Amin. "He was needing to go to the bank to make a deposit." Co-workers say they checked Austin Bank and found out the money never got there. When they opened the store the next morning, they say everything was normal. That is, until he didn't show up for work that night.
"He's never done this," said Herrington. "He's always called if he's not going to show up, and if he goes out of town he'll call to check on the store." Haque's wife just moved to Jacksonville from Bangladesh five months ago.
"She's not good," said Amin. "She's by herself and she's new here. Everything's scary for her and now her husband is gone." Right now, all his friends can do is hope for the best.
"He was such a loving person and he would just do anything for anybody," said Amin. "If you needed anything he was there."
"I'm worried," said Herrington. "I've got all sorts of feelings. I'm trying to think of everything and the negative." The Cherokee County Sheriff's Department was back at the store this afternoon talking to family and friends. Haque is 5'6" and weighs 130 ILBS. He has black hair and brown eyes. Police say he drives a black 2003 Ford Expedition with license plate W31 PYR. If you have any information, you're asked to call the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department at 903-683-2271.