Missing Hattiesburg teen home safe; still no sign of former teacher

Missing Hattiesburg teen home safe; still no sign of former teacher
O'neal is believed to be with Nicole Jackson, who was arrested on April 10 and charged with sexual battery by a person in position of trust or authority. (Photo source: HPD)

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The week-long search for a missing Hattiesburg teen who was reportedly with his former school teacher is over.

Police said Oscar O'Neal III returned home Wednesday and is safe.

While Oscar is home safe, Hattiesburg police said there's still no sign of former teacher Nicole Jackson.

According to Oscar's parents, the 16-year-old left home on Monday, April 30. His father, Oscar O'Neal Jr., said the teen even left a letter saying he was leaving and "moving on" with Jackson.

Oscar's parents called it a forbidden love affair.

Family speaks as search continues for teen believed to be with former teacher

"Why would you choose my child? I feel like my child was a target. She robbed him from being a youth and a child," O'Neal Jr. said in a previous interview with WDAM News.

Jackson is still wanted by police. The 30-year-old was out of jail on a $10,000 bond when she reportedly disappeared with Oscar.

Jackson, a former teacher at Earl Travillion Attendance Center, resigned her position prior to being charged with sexual battery by a person in a position of trust or authority on April 10.

If you have any information on Jackson's whereabouts, contact Hattiesburg police or Metro Crime Stoppers at 601-582-7867.

According to Mississippi College School of Law professor Matt Steffey, Jackson could face decades in prison for sexual battery.