"He used to go in and out every day but always came back, except that one night," Sue Zelitsky, Jimmy's mom, told The Dodo.
On Sept. 13, 2014, when Jimmy was 13 years old, Zelitsky's husband let Jimmy outside to play for a while. When it was time for him to come back inside, they called and called Jimmy's name and searched everywhere they could — but Jimmy never came back.
Jimmy's family was absolutely devastated, and put up missing cat flyers all around their neighborhood. Zelitsky would call out for Jimmy every time she took the family dog for a walk, just in case he might be somewhere nearby. They didn't want to lose hope, but after a while, the family assumed that Jimmy was probably never coming home.