Fort Knox soldier reported missing after Manatee County family visit

jdeleon@bradenton.comOctober 31, 2013 


MANATEE -- A Fort Knox soldier, last seen in Manatee County last week when visiting his family, has been reported missing.

Daniel Dezinno, 30, left his mother and stepfather's home in Manatee County early on the morning of Oct. 24. He was scheduled to report back Friday morning to Fort Knox, Ky., according to his mom, Madelyn Shore.

Dezinno promised to call as soon as he arrived at the base late that night, planning to drive straight through from her home, she said.

When she did not heard from him, she grew worried and the family contacted Fort Knox officials.

Dezinno never reported to Fort Knox and has been declared AWOL, his mother said.

"This is so out of character for him," Shore said. "He is the rule-follower type of person, always has been since he was a kid."

Shore and her husband, Kent Shore, reported their son Saturday afternoon as missing to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office. Dezinno has been classified as a missing person.

"We don't have any evidence of endangerment or foul play," Manatee County Sheriff's Office spokesman Dave Bristow said.

Detectives have been following his credit card transactions, but cannot track his phone without evidence of a crime.

"We are working with the family and we are doing what we can," Bristow said. "The family is very concerned."

Despite being told her son appears well based on his appearance in ATM photos obtained by detectives, Shore

continues to worry about why he disappeared.

"He was at our house for three days," Shore said. "He never said anything about not wanting to go back to his base. He seemed to like it."

Dezinno joined the Army in October 2012 at age 29. His mother said he was looking for change and wanted to travel. Some of his friends had also joined the military.

After basic training and advanced individual training, Dezzino got a chance to come home and visit with his family. He even had the opportunity to work in the local recruiting office for a couple weeks, Shore said.

Throughout the past year Shore said she remained in close contact with her son through calls, texts and even webcam conversations. Never did he express any negative feelings about his job or the military.

"Hopefully he is fine and he will contact me soon," Shore said. "I don't know what is going through his head at this point."

Dezinno was last seen driving a 2005 silver Subaru sedan with Kentucky tag 168PHP.

Jessica De Leon, law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.

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