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Police searching for missing Jeffersonville man

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Stephen Reedy (source: family photo) Stephen Reedy (source: family photo)

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- Police and family members are searching for a man who hasn't been seen since September.

Family members can't understand why Stephen Reedy would suddenly walk away from home -- and leave behind his car, wallet, cell phone and a new iPad?

Reedy -- who just turned 27 on Oct. 19 -- hasn't been seen since he walked away from his apartment and into nearby woods on Sept. 22, moments after he was served an eviction notice. His family says he was agitated, mad and angry and walked behind his apartment toward the wooded area.

Police do say they investigated a report of gunshots in the area the night Reedy vanished, but found nothing during a search with cadaver dogs a couple of weeks later.

Investigators and Reedy's family say no one has seen or heard from him since he walked away, and say it's highly out of character for him to go so long without making contact.

Jeffersonville Detective Todd Hollis says Reedy may have been depressed in the days leading up to his eviction.

"The last person known to see him said that he looked unkempt, that his hair and beard had been left to grow," Hollis said. "He didn't look like he was taking care of himself, and seemed kind of disconnected or depressed."

Having no idea why Reedy just walked away or any clues as to his whereabouts worries his family the most, even though adults have sometimes been known to run away from their problems. But trying to escape life's troubles don't seem to mesh with Reedy's reputation of being dependable -- especially since he called his family, at least, on a weekly basis.

Reedy worked as a manager at the Dairy Queen on Tenth Street in Jeffersonville before taking an IT job. The owner, Jennifer Shamburger, says "in the ten years Stephen worked for me, he never missed one day of work. He was always here."

Charles Thompson, a private investigator and retired Jeffersonville detective hired by Reedy's family, says he left his wallet, cell phone, credit cards and a new iPad behind at the apartment.

"These are all red flags," Thompson said. "Quite frankly, we're concerned about his safety. If he was distraught, he could have hurt himself. We're not ruling out foul play in any way."

Shamburger is also worried about her former employee. 

"You really don't know," Shamburger said. "That's the shock of it right there. I wish we'd find Stephen or he'd come home or do something. We don't know."

Police have received several tips, but they have not panned out, so officers are still looking for information. If you think you know anything about Reedy's possible whereabouts, you're asked to call the Jeffersonville tipline at 812-218-TIPS (812-218-8477). You may leave an anonymous tip.

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Also, note that police say Reedy may have longer hair and a beard, different from the latest available photo in this story and on the flyer.

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