Police ‘worried’ about missing gay Atlanta man

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Friends of a gay East Point man who suddenly disappeared are asking for the public's help as police try to piece together a case that links at least five suspects and several crimes to his pickup truck and credit card.

Thomas Entrekin, 55, was reported missing on Jan. 29 – a few weeks after he was apparently last seen in East Point picking up a load of tile. A day later he was last seen, on Jan. 9, two women were spotted trying to use one of Entrekin's credit cards in a Kroger on Moreland Avenue in southeast Atlanta. 

Nearly three weeks later, his new F-150 pickup truck was the getaway vehicle for at least two home invasion robberies in Conyers. Police arrested three men on Feb. 5 – Darrian McDaniel, 26, of East Point; Demitric Lawson, 19, of Atlanta; and an unidentified 15-year-old – after a high-speed chase, according to Fox 5.

It's part of the odd twists in the disappearance of Entrekin, a long-time East Point resident who lived in Meadow Lark Estates in East Point until a fire severely damaged his home a few years ago. That's when he moved to a family farm he inherited in Blakely in Early County, about 190 miles southwest of Atlanta.

Because Entrekin lived on the farm, it took friends in Atlanta a few weeks before realizing he was missing, according to Will Humphrey, a friend and neighbor in East Point.

“His dear friends, as many as he had, didn't realize he was missing, suspicious though after two or three weeks because he was on a farm,” Humphrey told Project Q Atlanta. “He had to make a life three hours away from East Point because his house burned down.”

Humphrey and another friend traveled to Entrekin's farm in Early County this week to collect his cats and dog. He told WALB that he last talked to Entrekin before he bought the truck.

“Share his photo everywhere because it’s in the opinion of many that I know Tommy didn't go on any trips, he didn't go on any joy rides in this truck of his that he just bought and he's missing. I don't know if he came up to Atlanta, I don't know how it got to Conyers Georgia but I would like everyone to share the story, share the picture, and somebody has to know where Tommy Entrekin is,” says Humphrey.

Entrekin's disapperance has also sparked a Reddit thread.

Investigators in Early County told WALB that Entrekin did return to Atlanta in early January and then vanished. That's what concerns investigators with the Conyers Police Department, which is also involved in the case and sent officers to Early County this week. The two agencies are working to gather more details on Entrekin and how the suspects obtained his truck, according to the AJC.

“We are definitely worried about Mr. Entrekin at this point. No bank activity since then, no phone activity. None of his loved ones have been contacted. No contact with his friends,” Capt. Jackie Dunn of the Conyers Police Department told WSB on Friday.

Conyers police want to track down the two women who tried to use Entrekin's card at Kroger. The agency released video of the women in the store in the hopes that the public can help identify them. 

Humphrey described Entrekin as “fiercely loyal” and someone who had a strong rapport with his neighbors. He is also a horticulturalist and arborist. 

“Sweet tea and fresh cut flowers were never absent when Tommy would visit a friend,” he said. “He would always call before showing up, would bring pound cake and share homemade mac and cheese. He may have lived alone but he was not alone.”

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