SOUTHPORT, NC (WECT) - The Southport Police Department is offering a $1,000 reward for any details or information leading to the whereabouts of 22-year-old Adam Karami Muhammad.
According to police, the young man was last seen around 10 a.m., Feb. 14. He lives with his grandmother in Southport and suffers from schizophrenia.
Muhammad's grandmother told authorities she dropped him off at work and hasn't seen him since. His boss said that Muhammad failed to show up for work Saturday morning which is unusual.
Southport police were assisted by Brunswick County K-9 units during a massive search last week. Wilmington Police Department's SABLE helicopter was also used, but officers had no luck in locating Muhammad.
Whether it's a glove, a t-shirt, or even an empty box of cigarettes, crews marked every piece of possible evidence they found.
"People can survive days and days and days so you never give up on a search and rescue mission," said Travis Murrell with the Sunset Harbor Fire Department.
Friends said Muhammad is not the type of person to disappear without telling anyone.
Eddie Hughes is Muhammad's co-worker at the Yacht Basin Eatery. Hughes and other volunteers came out on Thursday to help the search and rescue team in their efforts. They're not giving up hope that Muhammad will come home soon.
"Worried, of course we are worried," said Hughes. "But we're staying positive that we're going to find him."
Southport Police Chief Jerry Dove said they've eliminate several areas where they know Muhammad used to frequent, but has not been seen.
Police said Muhammad had not used his cell phone, bank account or debit card since last Friday.
Dove believes the young man could be in another city. He thinks someone would have found him or reported his whereabouts if he were still in Southport.
At this point the land search has been called off, but police will continue to investigate by interviewing a few leads. This case remains a search and rescue mission until authorities find evidence that proves otherwise.
The Southport Police Department is asking anyone with information on Muhammad to contact Cpl. Hinnant at 457-7911.