Girlfriend of missing man: ‘please get him some help’

FORRT OGLETHORPE, Georgia (WDEF) –  A Fort Oglethorpe family is holding out hope that they will find a loved one who’s been missing since last month.

“If anyone sees him, please get him some help. He’s not in any kind of trouble. He just needs medical attention and he needs to know he has a family that loves him and wants him back more than anything,” said Regina Snyder during a press conference at the Fort Oglethorpe Police headquarters.

Snyder to referring to her boyfriend, David Dewayne Abbott, 43, whom she fears could be hurt.

Abbott suffers from schizophrenia and according to his family, has stopped taking his medication.

According to a Fort Oglethorpe Police incident report, on the night of June 22nd, a neighbor at Battlewood Apartments spotted Abbot cursing in a parking lot in front of his building. The neighbor said he saw Abbott leave. No one has heard or seen him since that night.

24-hours after he had been reported missing, Fort Oglethorpe police received a call from authorities in McMinn County Tennessee.

“His Nissan pickup truck was recovered in McMinn County on county road 126,” said Fort Oglethorpe Police Lt. Steve Blevins.

When authorities in McMinn County located his truck, they only his found keys and cell phone inside.

News 12 asked if Abbott had any friends or family in McMinn County.

We haven’t developed any information; his family, friends, internet contacts; nothing that would lead us to believe he has a friend or anything in that area,” Blevins said.

“Dave has never done anything like this before.We’ve been together for 17 years; off and on. We have kids that we’ve raised together; a grandson that we’ve raised together,” Snyder said.

Snyder went on to say her boyfriend appeared to be doing well on his medication after he was diagnosed with schizophrenia, but then he reportedly took himself off the medication because he didn’t like the way it made him feel. She said she and the couples children never saw this coming.

“Fathers day was the Sunday before and we had a really good day. I don’t exactly;y know what triggers these episodes,” Snyder said.

What made Abbott leave is unclear, his family says they just want him back home safe, especially before this upcoming Sunday when he turns 44.

Categories: Catoosa County, Local News, McMinn County

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