Reny Jose: Missing from Panama City Beach

“Reny Jose, a Shaker High School graduate and Albany resident went missing on March 3rd, 2014 while on spring break with twenty two of his friends in Panama City Beach, Florida. Reny, who is obtaining his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Rice University in Texas, was reported missing from the beachfront home he rented with twenty two friends. Sixteen of these students left the beach house in four cars immediately following Reny’s disappearance. Their cars were never searched.The Bay County Sheriff’s office waited three days after Reny’s disappearance to interview these students via phone.These
students provided vague versions of the incidents leading up to Reny’s disappearance. Some students were not even interviewed at all. These same students obtained lawyers and have not been forthcoming with the details of Reny’s disappearance. They have refused to cooperate with Rice Police Department as well as our Private Investigator. Since most of the students on the trip were seniors (like Reny), they have graduated and are now in various parts of the country, making it next to impossible for us to track them down to obtain the information that we need in order to find Reny.
As far as the Bay County Sheriff’s Office goes, the officials primarily focused their search efforts in the Gulf of Mexico. They ruled out foul play immediately even though there is no evidence to indicate that foul play did not take place. Reny’s clothing and belongings were found in a nearby trash can on the beach front property. Additional pairs of his clothing were also found on the beach later by Reny’s family and it was noted that a deputy had lost evidence while working on Reny’s case. The entire investigation into Reny’s disappearance was sloppy and handled cavalierly.
To this day our all-out efforts haven’t yielded any tangible results. We are reaching the one year mark since Reny’s disappearance and we still have no answers. We have collected approximately 17,000 signatures through online and paper petitions, requesting assistance from Senator, Charles Schumer in reaching out to the FBI. We firmly believe that more can be done to find Reny. Reny is an extremely bright young man who has a good future ahead of him. He is totally devoted to our family and his GPA and academic records indicate that his disappearance is not typical behavior. After almost a year, we are still struggling each and every day without answers. Our ultimate goal is to have FBI involvement and we are prepared to do everything in our power, whether it involves reaching out to government officials or marching in front of the White House, in order to bring Reny home. We will never give up on fighting for answers and fighting for Reny.” 

Original story:
Reny Jose from New York that was attending Rice University in Texas went to Panama City Beach, Fla. for spring break and went missing on March 3rd, 2014

Jose arrived at Panama City Beach with 20 of his friends.  Friends told the police that Jose had taken some LSD on March 3 and they could not locate him the following morning.  His clothes, wallet and cell phone were found near the rented vacation home in a trash can near the house soon after his disappearance was reported. Police believe that Reny probably drowned while under the influence of LSD.  The family believe that is not the case and will continue to look for him.  Although friends said he wanted to hurt himself, his family said he was active.  Also, the fact that the water was extremely cold makes it seemed even stranger that he would enter the water, just to go swimming.  Although the case seems to be concluded for the police, the family will never feel it is concluded till Reny is found. 

If you have any information on his whereabouts, call the bay County Sheriff’s Office at 850-747-4700 or leave a tip here. Make sure you click on the home tab to read all the stories of missing persons.

Here is the Find Reny Jose Facebook page

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Jerrie Dean, who is retired from Federal Law Enforcement, is the Founder of Missing Persons of America.

3 Comments

  1. How could he throw his life away when it was just getting started? For some drug? More examples of how 'drugs are not dangerous' crowd is selling a new generation a bunch of bull. No thought given to purity, strength, more people on prescription meds for other medical conditions. Take whatever you want, where ever it comes from. You aren't hurting anyone else or violating their rights.