Marion County deputies search for missing UCF student
Marion County deputies are searching for 19-year-old UCF student Mikanzis Spinella, who has been missing since Saturday around 2:30 p.m.
"As far as I know, he was supposed to be headed back to school. He went to the store and never came back," a Marion County deputy said.
During a thorough investigation, it has been determined that there has been no communication with or from Mikanzis for an extended period of time, and his well-being cannot be verified. As of Monday evening, he is now listed as missing/endangered, according to a Marion County Sheriff's Office release.
"He left in a 1998 white Oldsmobile Eighty Eight, 4-door with FL Tag #CPCR43. Mikanzis was last seen wearing a gray short sleeve shirt, blue jeans and black suede shoes," the release states.
When Mikanzis left his home, he told his family members he would be back shortly to pack his things to return to UCF.
"He decided he was going to go sell his Xbox because he had just gotten a new PlayStation. He was going to go down to Gamestop because it's down the road from where we live. He left and he didn’t come back; we haven’t seen or heard from him since," his mother Debora Spinella said. "He didn’t make it to any Gamestops; he didn’t make it to any game stores. We called every one that day."
Mikanzis' family reported to MCSO eight hours after he went missing. At that time, however, Debora said deputies couldn't do much besides look for him because he's not a child; deputies didn't know if he chose to go off on his own.
“They didn’t look at it as a serious case. They couldn’t track his cellphone because they had to have a court order. He has to be endangered or it’s got to be a criminal thing for them to track his cellphone," she said. "For that day and the next day, we were pretty much doing things on our own: spreading it all over Facebook that he was missing and calling everybody, calling everywhere just to see if anybody has heard from him or anything."
MCSO is currently working to get a court order to track Mikanzis' cellphone, and Debora said deputies are hoping to get it by early this afternoon.
Deputies cleared Mikanzis' computer and tablet, and are starting to think he may have tried to sell his Xbox with a private individual he found on Craigslist.
"He was supposed to start school on Monday. He was supposed to leave on Saturday. That's what he was doing, he was getting ready to go back to school. He's missing; this is bad," Debora said. "He just disappeared."
Mikanzis' family is actively looking for him, and Debora said she is handing out fliers everywhere she can. She is planning on calling pawn shops within a 25-mile radius of her home to see if anybody has seen or heard about an Xbox trying to be sold.
If anyone has any information regarding Mikanzis' location, please call 911.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
Rachel Stuart is a News Editor for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @RachSage or email her at RachelS@CentralFloridaFuture.com.