Authorities in Alabama and Georgia are searching for the grandson of an Alabama state senator who has been missing since Monday.

The Alabama Department of Public Safety on Wednesday issued a missing child media alert for 17-year-old Benjamin Stanford.

Stanford was last seen in Anniston Ala. on Monday and his vehicle was found on Interstate 20 near Villa Rica, Ga.

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He was wearing rust colored Carhartt jeans, a long sleeve dark gray and purple shirt and a white Polo ball cap.

Stanford is the grandson of state Sen. Jim Preuitt, (D-Talladega).

"We just hope and pray that our grandson is safe," Preuitt told MyFoxBirmingham.