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Family worried for safety of man missing over a week


The family of a man that has been missing over a week is worried about what could have happened to him.

According to the Memphis police, Sanjay Patel "AKA" Sam, was last seen leaving 5 Star Wine & Liquor on 2821 Houston Levee with a friend in a black pickup truck.

Patel has not been seen or heard from since.

"Today (Tuesday) is the 8th day he's been missing," Roj Patel, missing man's son, said. 

That's eight days of questions, headaches, and worry for the man's family and loved ones. 

"We have been worried about what could have possibly happened," Roj Patel said. 

Roj has been full of questions about his father, Sanjay, the owner of the liquor store on Houston Levee, since he went missing. 

"Just not like him," Roj said. "No matter where he's at, he always calls."

Surveillance video given by Patel's son shows his father leaving the store last week in a black Ford F-150 pickup truck with a regular customer he knows. In the video, you can see Patel sitting in the passenger seat and the customer in the driver seat. MPD said this is an ongoing investigation. 

Bartlett Police Department is also working with Memphis Police Department in this investigation.

"First we thought it could be something suspicious and we reached out to the family of the person he left with, and the family was also surprised and the neighbors," Roj said. 

Patel's family said they were concerned because his cellphone had been going straight to his voice mail. They searched everywhere and even called hotels. They're praying for his safe return. 

"Hopefully the cops can track his phone location down," Roj said. 

All day Tuesday Patel's friends and nearby business owners came by to check on his family and ask about Sanjay.

"Trying to see if he's OK," Ian Brown said. "He's a nice guy. Usually out here smiling, waving."

"I'm not only worried about my dad," Roj said. "I'm also worried about the person he's with."

Patel is described as an Indian man, 44 years old, 5'6'', 160 lbs, black hair, black eyes, and was last seen wearing a brown shirt and black pants.

If you have any information on the location of Patel or his disappearance, call MPD at 901-545-2677.

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