Sheriff’s officials in Paulding County are asking for your help finding a 20-year-old man who has been missing since Jan. 1.
According to the Paulding County Sheriff’s Department, at about noon on Jan. 1, 20-year-old Sean Zululaga left his home in the Seven Hills community of northern Paulding County after telling his mother that he had a flat tire that needed to be repaired. Shortly after leaving his residence, Sean reached out to his mother through text message asking for financial assistance for the vehicle repairs.
Through the course of the investigation, sheriff’s officials determined that Sean got gasoline at a nearby gas station, and then went to Cartersville. Sean’s vehicle was observed later that day re-entering the Seven Hills community shortly before 4 p.m. However, Sean never returned and has not been seen or heard from since.
Sheriff’s officials say Sean did not show up for work on Jan. 2, which is reportedly uncharacteristic for him. Sean’s employer then contacted his family to inquire about his absence. It was then that Sean was reported as a missing person by his family. At this point, no foul play is suspected in his disappearance, but detectives along with Sean’s family say they are deeply concerned for his safety and well-being.
Sean’s cell phone location was determined to be in the Seven Hills area where it remained for a period of about 4 days before the phone died or was otherwise powered off. The area of Sean’s last known cell phone location has been searched by numerous law enforcement officials on foot as well as ATV. Detectives also reached out to the Georgia State Patrol’s Aviation Division and searched the area by helicopter. Neither Sean, nor his vehicle have been located thus far.
According to the Sheriff’s Dept., Sean is described as a white male who is 5’11” tall and weighs about 170 pounds. He was last seen in a Silver 2008 Mazda 3 with Georgia tag CPM 7597.
If you have any information regarding Sean Zuluaga’s whereabouts or have any additional information that detectives might find useful, please call the Criminal Investigations Division of the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office at (770) 443-3015.