KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Knoxville Police Department is looking for a missing man who suffers from a mental disability and is currently without his medication.
D'Andre Whitfield, 22, was last seen by his mother on Tuesday at his home on Morgan Springs Way in North Knoxville.
His mother told police someone saw D'Andre at approximately 1:00 p.m. that day at Knoxville Center Mall.
He was spotted Wednesday at a gas station off I-40 in Roane County. He told the clerk he had walked there from Knoxville and was headed to Cumberland County.
"He asked to use the phone, but he didn't dial any numbers. He held a conversation with nobody on the phone for 10 minutes, but nobody in the store was aware of his condition," explained his father Chris Holloway, a local pastor.
"For a parent not to know where their child is really hard," said D'Andre's mother, Serena, through tears.
"In the last three days, we've probably slept five hours. I drive around and sit out late at hoping to see him out walking. I just want to bring him home," his father said.
Whitfield's mother said that due to his diagnosis as a paranoid schizophrenic, he is often misunderstood and may have been injured by unknowingly offending someone.
D'Andre Whitfield is a black male, about 5'8" tall, weighing 190 lbs., with brown eyes, black hair styled in a small afro with a full beard and a tattoo on the right side of his neck that says "lil oozy."
Anyone with information on D'Andre or who may have seen him is asked to contact the Knoxville Police Department's crime information line at 865-215-7212 or 911.