Justin Gaines went missing in November 2007. Five years later, his family and investigators are still searching for answers.
SNELLVILLE - It hits Erika Wilson every time she walks by an Abercrombie and Fitch store. That familiar smell.
It reminds her of Justin.
"The other day, we were walking through the mall and that cologne just hit me in the face and I said, 'that's Justin's cologne," Wilson said. "It makes me cry."
Wilson last saw her son on November 1st, 2007. It was a Thursday night; Justin Gaines was heading out for a night at Wild Bill's in Duluth. Surveillance video shows him leaving the club around 2am. He was never seen again.
Gwinnett Police and private investigator Bob Poulnot have worked the case for five years, but still no trace of the 18-year-old.
But they may have a break in the case.
Poulnot says it has to do with an anonymous tip received in December 2007, one month after Justin disappeared. Police followed the tip at the time, but it led them nowhere. But in the past month, a couple of new tips have sparked renewed interest in that anonymous tipster of 2007.
Poulnot spoke out Friday on 11Alive News, hoping to reach the anonymous caller.
"We think it's very important that we speak with you," he said. "We have a desire to keep your name out of this, but at the same time, we need the information you have in order to find Justin Gaines."
For Justin's mother, the anniversaries are the hardest.
"Everything replays back in my mind. Yesterday I'm thinking he was coming home. At 11 o'clock I'm thinking he was going in the club," she said.
"By three or four I'm thinking, was he murdered at this time? Where did he go? It's like a bad video that plays over and over in your mind. You don't know what happened. We just want closure."
Poulnot says the anonymous caller, or anyone with information, can call an anonymous tip line: 877-270-9500.