Shanequa Sullivan, 23, has been missing since Feb. 4. Her family has organized a search in East Point to find her.

Family launches search for missing 23-year-old with autism 

Friends and family members of a missing 23-year-old woman with autism have organized a ground search on Saturday in East Point. Shanequa Quanee Sullivan has been missing since Sunday, Feb. 4. She was last seen at 6000 N. Terminal Parkway leaving her job at Hartsfield-Jackson airport. 

Sullivan has worked at the airport for almost a year, said Sylesta Seabrum, Sullivan’s grandmother and legal guardian. On Sunday, Sullivan left work at 3:26 p.m. and was seen entering MARTA from the airport. Sullivan usually rides the train to College Park or East Point, then transfers to the bus that takes her to her home in Forest Park.

“She is a creature of habit, whatever you teach her, she is going to follow that routine,”Seabrum said.

When Sullivan had not made it home by 6 p.m. on Sunday, Seabrum became worried. She called Forest Park Police on Monday to report Sullivan missing. She also went to area hospitals looking for her granddaughter. Sullivan’s phone was going straight to voicemail even though she always carries a charger. She had not returned to work. Her social media accounts were inactive and her friends had heard nothing. 

On Tuesday, Forest Park Police told Sullivan to contact the Atlanta Police Department. APD issued a missing persons alert as family and friends canvassed East Point, College Park and Forest Park posting flyers with Sullivan’s picture. A few phone calls trickled in but none of those leads have panned out. 

“It is like the earth just swallowed her whole,” Seabrum said. 

Despite the rain on Saturday morning, family and friends planned to search the neighborhood and near the airport for Sullivan. She was last seen wearing a black hoodie, black shoes, black pants and a burgundy smock with ABM printed on it. If any information is known, notify The Atlanta Police Adult Missing Persons Unit at 404-546-4235.

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