Mom unsure what happened to formerly missing student
UCF student Mikanzis Spinella, 19, was reported missing Aug. 22 when he had left his home to sell his Xbox before packing to return to UCF.
After being found safe in an Orlando Hospital four days later by the Orlando Police Department, Mikanzis’ story was still unknown.
“We don’t really know what happened, he won’t tell us. He just says, ‘I don’t want to talk about it,’” said his mother, Debora Spinella.
More than a month after the incident, Debora said police have been able to track her son’s cellphone to determine where he was located the day he went missing; but what happened at those specific locations still remains a mystery.
“All we can do is track his cellphone from one place to another,” she said. “He got mixed up on the Internet somehow, and he got dragged into Brooksville.”
From tracking his phone, police were able to conclude that Mikanzis drove his car to Brooksville, and after unknown events, ended up in Orlando.
Marion County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Lauren Lettelier said once Mikanzis was found safe in the Orlando hospital, the case was closed.
“It’s an isolated incident of whatever happened that we’re putting behind us,” Debora said. “I think he’s just trying to forget everything, but all we’re trying to do is let him have the time he needs to be able to open up whenever he’s ready.
“As long as I know that he’s safe and he’s home, I have nothing to really worry about. We’re continually going to be there by his side, and that’s what matters.”
Although Mikanzis was supposed to start his sophomore year this fall semester at UCF, Debora said he is taking the semester off. He will most likely take classes in his hometown at UCF Ocala for the spring semester, but his mother said he will definitely come back to UCF next fall.
“He’s planning on going back. This is just a minute out of his schedule,” she said.
Rachel Stuart is a News Editor for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @RachSage or email her at RachelS@CentralFloridaFuture.com.