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Missing Spring Breaker from New York

Florida authorities expanded efforts to find a missing New York College student who disappeared while on Spring Break.
A group of expert divers joined the search for 21 year old Reny Jose.

His family says it's not like him to disappear and are hoping for any sign of him.
The family is heartbroken after Thursday leads to no sign of him.
"At the moment, our family is extremely devastated. We're just hoping for good news, and we know that the Sheriff's Department is doing everything in their power to help us out."

Jose's cousin, aunt, uncle, sister and parents flew in from upstate New York Wednesday in hopes of getting some answers.
Thursday, helicopters and dive teams looked for any clues that would lead them to Jose.
Jose came to Panama City Beach for Spring Break.
"I talked to him Saturday before he left for his trip and he was just sending me pictures as they were driving up and he was excited because the last few weeks were just stressful with school and he was having job interviews. And he was just so excited and just seemed happy."

He and about 20 of his Rice University friends rented a house on the West end of the beaches.
"We vaguely knew a few of his roommates for the most part and we hadn't met a lot of his friends."

Jose disappeared Monday night, leaving his clothes, wallet and cell phone in a trash can near their rental.
Some of his friends indicated Jose may have taken LSD that night.

His family says they've never suspected drug use.
"Not that I'm aware of. Reny is one of the most rational people I've ever met, and he has a level head. He does so well with school, and he strives so hard to do his absolute best."

While local authorities continue to exhaust all options in their search, Jose's family is pleading for him to return, if that's still within his power.
"Honestly, I just want to see him again. He is literally the rock that holds this family together. We're just hoping and praying he's out there okay and we just want him to come home."