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Award-Winning Teacher, Former ‘Dance Party USA' Star Goes Missing

An award-winning technology teacher and former "Dance Party USA" star from South Philadelphia has been reported missing.

Christopher Tully, a 40-year-old teacher at Middle Bucks Institute of Technology, was last seen at 6:15 a.m. on Tuesday exiting a vehicle, police and his family said.

Tully was with his parents, when he unexpectedly ran from their car near the off-ramp where City  Avenue meets the Ridge Avenue and Lincoln Drive, his family said.

"It's been so many days with the weather that I am afraid," Mary Tully, his mother, said as she cried Thursday night. She said Christopher was going through depression recently and that they were taking him to get help when he jumped out of the car.

He was last seen heading south on City Avenue toward the Schuylkill Expressway. Police and state troopers did a search from their cruisers near the ramp but so far no leads have been found.

"Even though he's 40, he's still my baby and I want him to come home," she said.

At the time, Christopher, who lives along the 2600 block of South 16th Street, was wearing a black coat, jeans and sneakers.

"I fear that he's hurt somewhere and can't get help," said his brother, Eddie Tully. "And with the weather the way it is, this is not the ideal situation to be out somewhere in the cold."

Christopher has three children and has been a teacher at Middle Bucks Institute of Technology for the past 12 years. Last year, he was named Outstanding Career and Technical Education Teacher by the Pennsylvania Association for Career and Technical Education.

Previously, Christopher and Eddie Tully, a well-known Philadelphia DJ and real estate agent, were both regulars on the 1980s hit show "Dance Party USA" that was filmed in the Philadelphia area.

The show centered on dance performances and had guest appearances from celebrities like Madonna, Kelly Ripa, Will Smith and Prince.

Police said Christopher has not used his credit cards and that his cell phone has been turned off. Detectives are checking nearby surveillance cameras to try and determine where he may have gone.

The family is creating fliers and plan to search the area where he was last seen around noon on Friday.

Anyone with any information on Christopher’s whereabouts should contact the South Detective Division at 215-686-3013 or call 911.

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