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Mother works to keep missing son on people's minds

Sylvester McCurry's mother, Tammy Carter (left), and Carter's sister, Jennifer Talbott, talk about the march they're planning for Sylvester on Sunday beginning at 8 p.m. on the sidewalk outside the Stargate Nightclub in Superior. Carter says a $50,000 reward fund has been set up but she declined to identify donors other than the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. (Bob King / rking@duluthnews.com)

A "March for Sly" has been planned for Sunday night in front of Superior's Stargate Nightclub.

Sylvester McCurry, an 18-year-old Duluth East High School senior, disappeared from the back door of the club Jan. 17. He's been missing since, with no evidence of his whereabouts.

His mother, Tammy Carter, has planned the 8 p.m. march in an attempt to keep people aware of his missing status and to advocate for better safety for the 16- to 20-year-olds who attend the occasional no-alcohol nights held at the club.

"They should have called the police instead of kicking him out of the club," Carter said.

McCurry was ejected from the club about 11 p.m. for being intoxicated, police have said, and dogs have tracked his scent to a back door of the Superior Inn, where he had plans to stay that night.

Carter, of Eden Prairie, Minn., is staying in the area until her son is found, she said. She believes her son was abducted despite no evidence of foul play.

"He's waiting for us to find him," she said.

McCurry's aunt, Jennifer Talbott, said the family is trying to stay positive and focus on the search. They've independently searched Wisconsin Point to the docks of Superior.

Superior Police Capt. Chad La Lor had no updates on McCurry's case Tuesday. He said leads are still trickling in, but at a slower pace than in past weeks. Searches of the waterfront with dogs were made last week and this week, he said, because "absent of anything else, it's something we felt we needed to do."

Police have found no evidence of foul play, accidental death or of McCurry "hopping in a car and heading across the country," La Lor said. "At this point, it's anybody's guess."

Carter's family has set up a fund for her, called the "Tammy Jo Carter Fund" at any US Bank. Donated money will go toward allowing her to be away from her work as a certified nursing assistant so she can remain in the Twin Ports to search for McCurry.

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