Family makes desperate plea for information about Rockford doctor, missing 5 weeks

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — A Rockford doctor has been missing for more than a month, and in an exclusive interview with his family they ask for the public’s help to find him.

81-year-old physician Dr. Mohammed Badruddoja, known to those who know him as “Dr. B”, is still missing after 5 weeks of searching and his family is desperately searching for answers.

“We can’t keep going on like this. We have to know where he is and we need to get him home,” said his daughter in law, Rebecca. “After five weeks of him being gone, we just have to talk to the community and talk to the public, and just hope that somebody will come forward, because we know that somebody has to know something. After five weeks, someone has to know what happened, and someone has to know where he is.”

Almost a week after he was reported missing, Badruddoja’s blue Lexus was found in the parking lot of Sinnissippi Gardens.

“We have no specific information to indicate there was foul play involved,” said Rockford Police Lt. Kurt Whisenand.

Rebecca says the family doesn’t believe he disappeared voluntarily.

“I think it’s important for people to know this is a suspicious disappearance. This isn’t someone wandering off,” she said. “He always needed to get back on Monday, because he needed to see his patients. That was always his priority. There’s no way that he would ever, much less do this to his family, he would never do this to his patients.”

Rockford Police say they are treating his disappearance as a suspicious event.

Lt. Whisenand said, “So, that’s why we call this a suspicious disappearance, because no one really knows where he’s at. No friends or family have any information about where he may be at and we haven’t ruled out foul play, so that’s why we call it a suspicious incident at this point.”

“If people can realize that he’s a family man, I under stand he’s Dr. B out there, he’s a pillar in the community, but to us he’s just grandpa, and we just need him home,” Rebecca said.

Anyone with information on Dr. Badruddoja’s whereabouts is asked to call Rockford Police.

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