Adem Skulj, 68, went on a walk on August 25 and never returned home.
His family said he made coffee and then left his home at the Andrew Jackson Grove Apartments on Lebanon Pike in Hermitage.
They said he normally left around 6 a.m. or 7 a.m. and walked around the complex, and along the nearby Stones River Greenway.
Detective Jill Weaver said she doesn't suspect foul play but doesn't know why they haven't found him yet.
"He often walked around the complex, walked the greenways. He walked to the Discount Tobacco across the street and he bought cigarettes and a lottery ticket every day," Det. Weaver said.
She said the clerk at the tobacco shop reported seeing him the night before, but not that morning.
Search crews used blood hounds to search around the complex, the greenway, and the nearby river. The dogs did pick up a scent but then it went cold.
Det. Weaver also said Skulj rarely went to the doctor and smoked two to three packs of cigarettes a day. She said before he disappeared, he had complained about having some leg and foot pain. However, mentally she said he was fine. According to his family, he didn't have any signs of dementia.
She said his family is not giving up but fears the worse. They have organized searches and even started a Facebook page to help find him.
"They want an answer either way. Sometimes having a missing person is worse than finding out your loved one is dead, because you spend all this time not knowing. You have no answer," Det. Weaver said.
Skulj is about six feet tall and weighs 175 pounds. He was last seen wearing cargo shorts, a t-shirt and sandals.
He only had his house keys and possibly a small amount of cash with him. His license and passport were left at home.
Skulj moved to the states from Bosnia in 1995 and speaks limited English.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call Metro police at 615-862-8600.
Thursday, August 28 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-28 19:28:07 GMT
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