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Ocean Springs man missing from SXSW festival since Friday

COURTESY PHOTO 
 Jason Ratcliff
COURTESY PHOTO Jason Ratcliff

An Ocean Springs man who traveled to Austin for the SXSW Music Festival has been reported missing.

Jason Joel Ratcliff, 27, who goes by the name "Jason" was last seen Friday night in the Red River neighborhood where the festival takes place.

"We last heard from him on Thursday," Jason's father Larry Ratcliff said. "He met up with some people from the area who were going to Austin and caught a ride with them."

Ratcliff said his son stayed at the home of family friend Thursday night.

"He left his clothes and phone there," he said. "We've known the guy he stayed with for years."

Jason Ratcliff did not return to the friend's house Friday night. A missing person's report was filed with the Austin Police Department on Sunday.

"I've talked with a detective in Austin several times and she told me that she had swept the morgues and the jails and Jason was not at either one, so she said that's a good thing and for us to be hopeful," he said.

Jason Ratcliff is 6-feet 1-inch tall and he weighs about 170 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

"He has the biggest smile," Larry Ratcliff said.

Anyone who has any information regarding Jason Ratcliff's whereabouts is asked to call the Austin Police Department at (512) 974-5227.

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