Well-liked Baltimore special education teacher goes missing

Baltimore police are asking for tips to help find a missing Baltimore City teacher.

Police said Gregory Ferrell, 56, was last seen on Dec. 29 and friends are worried about his well-being. Ferrell hasn’t used his cellphone or bank cards since he went missing, officials said.

Police said Ferrell is 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 250 pounds, and he was last seen at Melba’s Place on Greenmount Avenue.

“We have not found any overt signs of foul play,” said Baltimore police spokesman T.J. Smith.

With no clues, it’s like he just disappeared.

“He left the club that evening and we don’t know if he ended up returning there, or whatever the case might have been, but we believe he was there at some point in the evening,” Smith said.

Ferrell failed to show up for work at Monarch Academy Baltimore after winter break.

A statement was released by a spokeswoman at the school:

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Gregory Ferrell’s family during this difficult time. Mr. Ferrell is a respected and very popular teacher and we all are saddened by his disappearance. We have made arrangements to cover his responsibilities and have supports in place at the school for the children. We are in touch with both the police and the family and will keep our school population informed of developments.”

Friends said they are desperate for information about the last time the missing teacher was seen.

“If he was with anyone, if you can describe them, if you can describe if he had company with him, where his car was parked, when he left. Was he upset? Did he seem happy?” said his friend, April Shepherd.

Police said Ferrell drives a dark purple Mazda CS7 with Maryland tag 1CA8798. Shepherd said Ferrell also goes by the nickname Dean and suffers from health problems.

“He is a diabetic and he also suffers from neuropathy in his feet,” Shepherd said.

Shepherd is hoping for her friend’s safe return.

“Just come home Dean, wherever you are. I just want you to be safe. I love you,” Shepherd said.

Anyone with information about Ferrell’s whereabouts is asked to call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-Lockup.

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