PAHOKEE, Fla. - The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office is not saying that Jammy Washington is a suspect or person of interest in the disappearance of Deborah Jessie, but her family says she was desperately trying to get away from him when he disappeared.
Investigators did question Washington about her disappearance.
She filed a restraining order against Washington and wrote in court documents that he beat her.
According to his family, Washington is still in Pahokee and told them he did not have anything to do with Deborah's disappearance.
"He just said he didn't do anything…around me he is a good person. When he is not around me…I don't know," Washington's step-mom Bernice Washington said.
Jammy Washington was not answering his cell phone Wednesday.
He has a number of arrests in his criminal history.
In 2008, Washington was arrested for sexual battery and aggravated assault on a different woman.
According to a probable cause statement, she told police he put a gun to her head and threatened to kill her.
Just last week, Deborah Jessie filed a restraining order against him and said he threatened her.
Washington family friend Lula Patrick says she spoke to Washington on Tuesday.
"I didn't question him about what's been happening. I'm not the FBI. I'm not a judge. I'm not a jury. My concern was if he was alright," Patrick said.
Police say they are looking for any information to help them with their investigation. If you know anything, call Crimestoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS.