Memphis man disappears, his car reported abandoned

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis police are looking for a man they say mysteriously disappeared over a week ago.

Now his family is spending the holiday worrying about where the 54-year-old is, rather than enjoying his company.

Cecil Dowdy’s family says he’s a man of his word.

“Anywhere he went, he’d always say I’ll be back or I’ll be back tomorrow or whenever,” said Cecil’s mother Clementine McNeal. “He always did.”

Cecil’s mom knows this to be true because she lives with him.

After leaving the house last Monday, Cecil never came back.

“As far as you know, you’re the last person who’s heard from him?” WREG’s Bridget Chapman asked McNeal. “Yes,” she answered.

She says she thought he was going to withdraw rent money because he had just been paid.

They had no clues of where he actually went until this Monday.

His family says his car was found by the intersection of Bellevue and Keel sitting in the middle of the road, blocking traffic.

“Where the car was, he would never do that, leaving the car in the middle of the street,” said McNeal.

His family says he didn’t usually go to that part of town.

They say Cecil mainly spends his time with them, his girlfriend and where he works in maintenance at Christ Community Health.

His absence has everyone shocked.

“He’s a joyous person, like at work he has all answers if you talk to him,” said McNeal. “When you leave him, you’d be smiling. What kind of person is he? He is so smart.”

Making this whole situation even more confusing.

Cecil’s family says he’s responsible and has no addiction or mental health issues.

“He’s just not this kind of person,” said his mom.

All they want now for the holidays is his safe return.

If you have any information on Cecil Dowdy’s whereabouts, you’re asked to call Memphis police or Crime Stoppers at 528-CASH. He’s 6’2” and was last seen in a light jacket and blue pants.

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