Sean Zululaga, 20, left home on January 1 after telling his mother he needed to fix a flat tire.
PAULDING COUNTY, GA – UPDATE: The Paulding County Sheriff’s Office says Zululaga has been found and has been tried as a suicide.
ORIGINAL STORY: Paulding County MPs are looking for a man they say has been missing since New Year’s Day.
According to Sgt. Ashley Henson of Paulding County Sheriff’s Office Sean Zululaga, 20, left his home in the community of Seven Hills around noon on January 1 after telling his mother he had a flat tire that needed to be fixed.
Henson said that soon after, Zululaga contacted her mother via text message asking for money to help with repairs.
During the investigation, Henson said MPs were able to determine that Zululaga obtained gas from a nearby gas station before heading to Cartersville, Georgia.
The investigation indicates that his vehicle was observed entering the community of Seven Hills shortly before 4 p.m. However, according to Henson, Zululaga did not return home on the evening of January 1 and has not been seen or heard from since.
Henson said Zululaga did not show up for work on January 2, which would not be characteristic for him.
Zululaga’s employer contacted his family to inquire about his absence. At this point, Henson said, the family contacted authorities to report him as a missing person.
No foul play is suspected in her disappearance, Henson said, but detectives and her family members are deeply concerned for her well-being and safety.
According to Henson, the location of Zululaga’s cell phone was determined to be in the Seven Hills area of Paulding County, where it remained for about four days before the phone died or was turned off.
Henson said law enforcement officials searched the area of the cell phone’s last known location on foot as well as on mountain bikes. Additionally, detectives enlisted the assistance of the Georgia State Patrol Aviation Division to search the area by helicopter without success.
Zululaga is described as a white male, standing around 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighing around 170 pounds. He was last known to drive a 2008 silver Mazda 3 with Georgia registration number CPM 7597.
Anyone with information about Sean Zululaga or his whereabouts or any other information that may be helpful is urged to contact the Criminal Investigations Division of the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office at 770-443-3015.
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