By Carey Codd

I’m beginning to get a better understanding of the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Nova Southeastern University student Che Beckford.

I spoke with Che’s mother — Charmaine — this morning.

She told me Che “feels so terrible for his experience” and she described his ordeal in Macon, Georgia as a “horrific time.”


As for why he left on December 3 when he was headed to get tires put on his mother’s car, Charmaine didn’t go into a lot of details, saying her first priority was to get Che to a doctor to be checked out after spending more than a week on the streets in Macon. He just returned to Pembroke Pines yesterday.

All she said was that Che felt he “needed to get away.” He had a car crash in July and that might have led to a problem, she said without elaborating.

“He just drove and drove and drove,” she told me.

Apparently, the car — a 2009 silver Nissan Sentra — is gone and the Beckford family has many unanswered questions themselves.

Charmaine said she appreciates the help of the media and the community in the search for Che. She promised to give me more details once things settle down for her and her family.

Comments (4)
  1. Victoria says:

    I was wondering about this young, handsome man. I am so happy that he is alive and well. Hopefully he can get the help he needs so he can move on from whatever is happening in his life.

  2. jay says:

    Glad there is a relatively positive resolution to this mystery. Hope he gets the help he needs and the continued love and support of his family and friends. However, considering all the worry, time, manpower and expense that were utilized in his search, the family OWES the community a more detailed explanation as to what EXACTLY happened. None of this “he had to get away” crap!

    1. Tina says:

      No one OWES anyone any explination. Worry time, man powerm and expenses is why we pay our taxes- in hopes they come home safe. So if he was found dead would it justify the cost it took to find him? Maybe he did have to get away. You do not know the situation. So hush! You cannot be supportive in hoping he gets the love and care from his friends and family- then try to hold things against him.

  3. Tina says:

    Such an inapproriate comment. Your mother never told you, if you have nothing nice to say don’t say it at all. This is one of those times.

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