Beloved teacher missing in Philadelphia since Tuesday

 Christopher Tully, last seen January 6, 2015, near the off-ramp of 76 West at Ridge Avenue and Lincoln Drive, walking towards City Line Avenue (Image courtesy of Eddie Tully)

Christopher Tully, last seen January 6, 2015, near the off-ramp of 76 West at Ridge Avenue and Lincoln Drive, walking towards City Line Avenue (Image courtesy of Eddie Tully)

An award-winning teacher from Philadelphia still hasn’t been located after going missing earlier this week.

While his parents were driving him to a clinic Tuesday morning, 40-year-old Christopher Tully reportedly jumped out of the car in a panic on City Line Avenue near Interstate 76 and hasn’t been seen or heard from since.

Family members say Tully fought mental illness in the past and had been depressed over the holidays.

“He is not a threat to anyone at all. He is not a threat, but if he is scared and panicked about getting help, I don’t want him to flee,” said his brother, Eddie, imploring residents to call Philadelphia police if they see Christopher.

“I want the police to be able to handle it properly so that he does get help and [so] that he can get the treatment he needs to get back to what he does best, and that’s helping kids.”

Christopher teaches at Middle Bucks Institute of Technology in Warwick, Bucks County, and has spent the last 12 years in the classroom.

Eddie Tully said the positive messages he has received this week from Christopher’s former students have been “overwhelming.”

“My brother dedicated his time to motivating kids to become something of themselves regardless of what that was,” he said.

Eddie Tully invited volunteers to help hand out fliers Friday afternoon near the intersection where his brother went missing. He is also planning to ask local businesses to share any surveillance footage that might help them track down Christopher.

He said the entire Tully family is appreciative of the help and support it’s received this week from people who know — and don’t know — Christopher.

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