By Joe Johnson
The Madison County Sheriff’s Office said it was searching for a Danielsville man who went missing in Athens two weeks ago.
Timothy Mitchell “Timmy” Rowland, 33, was last seen the afternoon of May 23 at the Dollar General store on Danielsville Road in Athens, according to a sheriff’s incident report.
Family members think the Faye Carey Road man’s disappearance may have been due to foul play, but Madison County sheriff’s Capt. Jimmy Patton on Friday said, “We haven’t found any indications yet that foul play was involved.”
The case was being actively investigated, he said, and the deputy assigned to the case conducted interviews as recently as Thursday.
What makes Rowland’s disappearance disturbing to his family members was that he supposedly was last seen by a friend who drove with Rowland to the store in Athens and when he returned to the car Rowland was gone.
Additionally, it was unlike Rowland to be gone for an extended period of time without being in touch with family, especially his ailing mother, whom he would frequently call or text to check on her, according to Mike Whittington, who is married to the missing man’s mother.
“My wife and I have been desperately seeking information on the disappearance of her son,” Whittington said. “We have been circulating post throughout social media, without any answers and we suspect foul play.
“If there is anything anyone can do to help us find some answers from the public, we sure desperately need it. My wife can't sleep and looks for him every day,” he said.
Rowland is a slim, 6-foot-tall white male, with short, sandy blonde hair. He was last seen wearing red and green shorts and a black shirt.
Anyone with information that might help find Rowland is asked to call Madison County sheriff’s Investigator Neal Hinsley at (706) 795-6234.