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Strangers reach out to mother of missing Putnam Co., WV, man

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Jon Keeney says he wants to make one woman's life a little easier. Jon Keeney says he wants to make one woman's life a little easier.
CHARLESTON, WV -

Angela Pauley is living every mother's worst nightmare, losing her child without knowing why.

Pauley's son, Brian Chris Sexton, Jr., 23, disappeared on Oct. 14. He was last seen leaving a party near Joyce Road in Scott Depot, WV.

"He's my first-born son," Pauley said. "And he's gone and I can't find him."

Several search parties have combed through Putnam County.  Family members say they found Sexton's shirt behind the Save-A-Lot in Scott Depot.

Jon and Stacy Keeney watched the story unfold on the local news.  They had never met Pauley, but they wanted to help her.

"I couldn't even imagine losing a son," Jon Keeney said. "So we just felt we had to do something and reach out to her."

The couple reached out to Pauley on Facebook. They learned she was living in her deceased grandmother's house, unable to afford water or utilities.

"I don't have money for anything right now," she said.

Pauley works part-time at a local diner. She said she'd work more, but she devotes most of her time to searching for her son.

That's why the Keeneys decided to take Pauley in.

"They got hearts of gold," Pauley said. "I'm so thankful they came in my life."

Pauley stays in a rental house owned by the couple in Charleston. The mother still searches for Sexton almost every day. She walks to the nearest bus stop because she doesn't have a car. She rides the bus to wherever she wants to search for her son that day.

"Everyone's giving up on him and I'm not giving up on him," said Pauley, who claims she's frustrated by the lack of information surrounding the case.

When she calls off the search, Pauley now returns to a warm place. She said she's grateful two strangers wanted to help her.

"They're great people," she said. "Great people."

The Keeneys refuse to charge Pauley rent, even though she offered to pay what she could.

The Putnam County Sheriff's Department is handing the investigation. Deputies said Friday they're following leads but have released little information since his disappearance.

If you have any information, please call the sheriff's department at 304-586-0256.