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This Gainesville man went missing 7 years ago. Investigators are still looking for leads
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Thomas E. Funk Jr.

Seven years ago, Thomas E. Funk Jr. disappeared, leaving his cellphone and pickup truck at his Oconee Circle home in Gainesville.

Funk’s roommate told authorities he saw Funk on Oct. 1, 2011, but the 47-year-old man was gone when his roommate woke up the next day.

“Despite an ongoing effort to solve the case, including several searches using dogs this year, criminal investigations division detectives have no leads in the case,” said Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Derreck Booth in a news release.

Funk’s mother, Marsha Funk, said investigators drained a well where they found a comforter belonging to her son, but nothing else was found.

“The new investigator that’s on the case, he’s done, I think, more in the last six months than has been done probably in several years,” she said.

The Funk family was thankful for the refreshed information on Thomas’ disappearance, though Marsha Funk said they were not notified it was going to be released. Funk’s three children are now in their 20s and 30s.

“You hope and pray that there’s somebody with a conscience that will come forward. There’s got to be somebody that knows something out there,” Marsha Funk said.

The sheriff’s office is asking for people in the area to contact the investigator if they know anything about his disappearance.

Funk was a white man with brown hair and blue eyes. He stood 6 feet tall and weighed 155 pounds.

Marsha Funk said her son was self-employed doing remodeling work at the time.

“Several days before he went missing, Mr. Funk was treated at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center emergency room for an injury to his foot from an accident with a circular saw,” Booth said in a news release.

Booth did not release any further information on the case.

Anyone with information can call the investigator at 770-297-5501.