PANAMA CITY BEACH The family of missing spring breaker Reny Jose is holding out hope he's still alive.
They arrived from their home in New York, shortly after Jose's friends reported him missing on March 3rd.
Jose's family is helping search crews and trying to remain positive.
Friday morning, the Bay County Sheriff's office began re-tracing some of the same ground they covered last week when they began searching for Reny Jose.
Jose came to Panama City Beach with about 20 friends from Rice University for spring break.
The friends told investigators Jose took some LSD on the evening of the 3rd, then vanished.
When they reported him missing the next day, deputies found Jose's clothes, wallet and cell phone of a trash can near the rented vacation home.
Reny's mother, Sherly, says, "I tell you, he was a joyful kid, I don't know what happened."
Jose's family joined deputies Friday as they retrace their steps from the Phillips Inlet Bridge down to Kelly Street.
Reny's sister, Reashma, says, "They've taken the time to take us around and show us exactly what they're doing. Yesterday we went out with the rescue dogs, and today they've been taking us around, and searching near the pond areas."
She continues, "It makes us feel a little more confident that we're going to find him and we still believe that he's out there and he's fighting to stay alive."
Bay Co. Sheriff's Lieutenant Jon Mahler says,"You can tell they're under a lot of stress from the situation. It's been a long week and a half for them, you can tell."
Sherly says they'll stay in Panama City Beach until they get answers: "I want to take him home. How many days we have to stay, we will stay here and bring him home. I'm so happy to everybody helping us and looking for us and I don't know how to explain that because I don't have words for that."
Bay County Deputies will continue to re-search the area this weekend.
If you have any information, contact the Bay County Sheriff's Office at 747-4700.
The Bay County Sheriff's Office continues to expand the ground search for missing Rice University student Reny Jose. Jose was last seen by friends on March 3, 2014.
The BCSO Air Unit, K9 Unit, Marine Unit, Bay County Search and Rescue, Patrol and Warrants Division deputies, Panama City Police Department, Panama City Beach Police Department, FWC, and the area marine investigative unit known as JAWS have been searching since Jose was reported missing at 11:30 AM March 4, 2014.
The ground and water search has centered around the beachfront rental home Jose and about twenty friends rented for spring break.
Today the ground search will expand further with the assistance of a group of recruits from the North Bay Learning Center of Gulf Coast State College.
Anyone with information about Reny Jose is asked to contact the Bay County Sheriff's Office at 747-4700 or Crime Stoppers at 785-TIPS.