Details of Disappearance Jose was last seen in Panama City, Florida on March 3, 2014. He was a mechanical engineering major at Rice University in Houston, Texas, and had traveled to Florida with about twenty other students for a Spring Break trip. He and some friends rented a house on Front Beach Road. He disappeared at 7:00 p.m. on March 3, four days into the trip, and has never been heard from again. His friends reported his disappearance to the police the next morning. Authorities found his clothing, wallet and cellular phone in a trash bin behind the rental house.
Investigators speculated Jose had taken the drug LSD on the night of his disappearance and drowned while swimming in the ocean. Jose's friends had told them he made strange remarks before his disappearance about wanting to hurt himself, but his family said he was looking forward to graduation and getting a job, and wasn't suicidal. They also stated drug use was uncharacteristic of him. The water in the area was also still cold at that time of year and very few people were swimming.
Jose is a native of New York and graduated from Shaker High School there. He disappeared during his last semester at Rice University and would have graduated with a straight-A average. His case remains unsolved.
- Bay County Sheriff's Department
Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004. Last updated March 14, 2015; casefile added.