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Saturday May 23rd, 2015 12:16AM

HCSO looks for new leads in missing persons case

By B.J. Williams News Director
GAINESVILLE - The case is more than a year old, but Hall County authorities are hoping if they remind the public, they'll get some new leads in the disappearance of a Hall County man.

Thomas E. Funk, Jr. was last seen the night of October 1, 2011 by his roomate at their home on Oconee Circle, according to Hall County Sheriff's Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks.

Wilbanks said even though it has been more than a year since he was seen, Funk could still be alive.

"He left behind his only means of communication, which was his mobile phone, as well as his only means of transportation, so yes, there are some suspicious aspects to it, but at this time it's being investigated as a missing persons case," said Wilbanks.

Funk is 48-years-old, white, about six feet tall and weighed around 155 lbs. at the time of his disappearance.

Wilbanks said Funk's family is still offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the man's recovery.

Wilbanks said the hope of the Sheriff's Office is that someone will see Funk's photo for the first time and have some new information for investigators.

"[We're hoping someone]can come forward and help us close this case and allow his family to know of his whereabouts and his well-being."
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