Missing Fort Knox soldier located by Manatee sheriff's office; family continues search

jdeleon@bradenton.comNovember 2, 2013 


MANATEE -- A Fort Knox soldier reported missing by family in Manatee County has been located in Las Vegas, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

His family, however, continues its search.

Daniel Dezinno, 30, was reported missing last week when he didn't report to Fort Knox in Kentucky after a visit with his family in Manatee County.

"We talked to hotel staff and they got a visual of him and we confirmed," Manatee County spokesman Dave Bristow said. "We notified the family and notified the Army."

The case is considered closed as far as the sheriff's office is concerned.

"That's the end of our involvement, we found the missing person," Bristow said. "We didn't have any reason to do anything else."

Dezzino, however, has yet to have any contact with his family members, so they continue their efforts.

"We know what city he is in but we still haven't had any contact with him," stepfather Kent Shore said.

The family does not consider Dezinno to be truly found yet, and every member of the family is working on trying to reach out to him or get him to call them.

"He has moved from where he is staying," Shore said.

Pfc. Dezinno, scheduled to report back to Fort Knox, left his mother and stepfather's home in Manatee early on the morning of Oct. 24. After failing to call his mother when he arrived as promised, his mother grew worried. When she finally reached out to the post, she was told he never reported back.

Dezinno joined the Army when he was looking for change and wanted to travel in October 2012 at age 29, according to his mother. Never since has he ever expressed any unhappiness with life the Army, according to his family.

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

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