Family Speaks About Missing Spring Breaker

By: Cameron Taylor, Morgan Kyrklund, Tiffany Huertas Email
By: Cameron Taylor, Morgan Kyrklund, Tiffany Huertas Email
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PANAMA CITY BEACH - Reny Jose's family is heartbroken after Thursday leads to no sign of him.

"At the moment our family is extremely devastated. We're just hoping for good news and we know that the sheriff's department is doing everything in their power to help us out," Reashma Jose, sister, said.

Reny's cousin, aunt, uncle, sister and parents flew in from upstate New York Wednesday, in hopes of getting some answers.

Thursday, helicopters and dive teams looked for any clues that would lead them to Reny.

Reny came to Panama City Beach for spring break.

"Saturday is when he left home for his trip and he was just sending me pictures as they were driving up and he was excited because the last few weeks were just stressful with school and he was having job interviews. And he was just so excited and just seemed happy," Reashma said.

He and about 20 of his Rice University friends rented a house on the west end of the beaches.

"We vaguely knew a few of his roommates for the most part and we hadn't met a lot of his friends," said Reashma.

Reny disappeared Monday night, leaving his clothes, wallet and cell phone in a trash can near their rental.

Some of his friends indicated Reny may have taken LSD that night.

His family says they've never suspected drug use.

"Not that I’m aware of. Reny is one of the most rational people I’ve ever met and he has a level head. He does so well with school and he strives so hard to do his absolute best," Reashma said.

While local authorities continue to exhaust all options in their search, Reny’s family is pleading for him to return, if that's still within his power.

"Honestly I would just want to see him again. He is literally the rock that holds this family together. We're just hoping and praying he's out there okay and we just want him to come home," Reashma said.

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For the first time we are hearing from the family of the missing Rice University student who disappeared from the beach house he was renting with friends on Monday.

Bay County Sheriff's investigators are expanding their search for 21 year old Reny Jose and are currently concentrating their search 3 to 5 miles west of where he was staying.

Jose's parents flew in Wednesday from upstate New York in hopes of getting some answers.

Thursday, a family friend sent NewsChannel 7 a statement.

It reads, "The family of Rice University student, Reny Jose, would like to thank family, friends, the Bay County Sheriff's Department, and the public for their continual support during this very difficult time. Upon reaching Panama City, the family has begun searching for Reny and must express deep concern that every effort is not being made to help find him. We are hopeful that with more aid and resources, the search can be expanded and will be successful."

Thursday, the Bay County Sheriff's Office requested the activation of the joint agency in water strike team (JAWS).

The team is a partnership between Florida State University Panama City, the Bay County Sheriff's Office, the Panama City Fire Department and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The team will be diving in gulf waters near the rental home where Jose was last seen.

Authorities have only found Jose's clothes, wallet, and cell phone in a trash can near the rental.

Anyone with information about Jose is asked to contact the Bay County Sheriff’s Office at 747-4700 or Crime Stoppers at 785-TIPS.

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Bay County Sheriff's investigators are expanding their search for a Texas college student last seen Monday.

21 year old Reny Jose and his friends were visiting from Rice University when he vanished from their west end beach rental. Deputies are now searching parts of South Walton County for clues.

Bay County Sheriff's investigators are continuing to take to the sky and ground to find 21 year old Reny Jose.

Jose and about 20 of his friends from Rice University in Texas came to Panama City Beach for spring break. Wednesday, authorities added a search and rescue team, but still haven't found anything.

"We're continuing an intensive search for him, obviously concerned for his well being. We have had our air unit up several times searching the beaches as well as ground searches," said Major Tommy Ford with the Bay County Sheriff's Office.

Friends say they last saw Jose near the two story house off Front Beach Road Monday night. They didn't report him missing until Tuesday morning.

Early in their search, authorities found Jose's clothes, wallet, and cell phone in a trash can near the rental, but nothing since then.

Investigators say his friends indicated illegal drugs may be involved in Jose's disappearance.

"There are some indications that drug use was involved that may play a role in this. Our information is possibly LSD," said Major Ford.

Jose's parents flew-in Wednesday from upstate New York in hopes of getting some answers.

Family members have set up a Facebook page to help get the word out at https://www.facebook.com/findreny.

The Jose Family has release the following statement:

"The family of Rice University student, Reny Jose, would like to thank family, friends, the Bay County Sheriff's department, and the public for their continual support during this very difficult time.

Upon reaching Panama City, the family has begun searching for Reny and must express deep concern that every effort is not being made to help find him.

We are hopeful that with more aid and resources, the search can be expanded and will be successful.

Reny is a wonderful, loving person who is doted on by his entire family. Despite the recent allegations regarding a drug incident, Reny's 4.0 GPA in his engineering program suggests otherwise.

We desperately just want him home and urgently plead with all of Panama City for their help."

If you have any information, you're asked to call the Bay County Sheriff's Office at 747-4700.
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Bay County Sheriff's investigators are extensively searching for a missing college student on spring break in Panama City Beach.

Friends of 21 year old Reny Jose contacted authorities Tuesday morning after they couldn't find him.

According to investigators, the Rice University student and about 20 of his friends were staying at a two-story house for spring break.

Friends say the last time they saw him was Monday night on Front Beach Road.

So far, investigators haven't found many clues other than his clothes, wallet, and cellphone in a dumpster nearby.

They say the evidence has not helped them in their search efforts.

Authorities are using a helicopter and the search and rescue team to find any signs of Jose.

They believe illegal drugs could be part of the reason why he's missing.

"There are some indications that drug use was involved that may play a role in this...Our information is possibly LSD," said Major Tommy Ford, Bay County Sheriff's Office.

Major Ford says there aren't any indications other drugs or alcohol played a role.

Family members arrived in Panama City from upstate New York Wednesday.

So far, they aren't speaking publicly about the situation.


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