LATHAM, N.Y. – A former Shaker High School student is missing in Panama City Beach, Fla., according to officials.
Reny Jose, 21, is a student at Rice University in Houston. The Bay County Sheriff's Office in Florida says they are searching for Jose, who was on Spring Break at the time of his disappearance.
Authorities say Jose was last seen on Monday at 7 p.m. His friends told authorities that he went for a walk in the evening and never returned. He arrived to Panama City Beach on Saturday with his friends.
The Sheriff's Office was contacted by Jose's friends who reported him missing from the beach-front home he was renting.
Jose's clothing and personal items were found in a garbage can near the home, including his cell phone.
The family of the college student left Albany International Airport early Wednesday morning to help with the search efforts, which are fully underway.
"We were contacted yesterday by the Sheriff's Department notifying us that he was reported missing and that they were conducting search efforts," said Jismi George, Reny Jose's cousin.
A Sheriff's Office Air Unit has been covering the area and surrounding beaches.
"We're just pretty much working with what we have right now and that's not too much, so you know they're doing the best they can but obviously they are not doing too well," George said.
A Facebook page named "Finding Reny Jose" already has hundreds of ‘likes' and is asking people to share a poster.
Jose is described as 5'10" and around 185 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.
The Sheriff's Office said it is possible Jose took drugs prior to his disappearance and that he may have a history of drug use.
Shaker High School has confirmed Jose graduated from the school in 2010. He is currently a senior at Rice University.
Anyone with information about Reny Jose is asked to contact the Bay County Sheriff's Office at 850-747-4700.
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