Search Widens For Texas Student Missing On Spring Break Trip

The search for a Texas university student who disappeared while on a spring break trip to Florida has widened.

Panama City Beach (File)

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (March 7, 2014) The family of a 21-year-old Rice University student who disappeared while on a spring break trip to Panama City Beach, Fla., is asking the public to continue looking for him.

Reny Jose was reported missing Tuesday morning from the beach-front home he rented with friends.

He was last seen at around 7 p.m. Monday.

He and his friends arrived last Saturday.

A family friend, Family friend Benny Thottam, told the News Herald of Panama City that the search for Jose has been extended to vacant buildings in the area.

The Bay County, Fla., Sheriff's Office says a marine unit is searching the Gulf of Mexico near the home where Jose was staying.

They say they have also notified authorities in neighboring counties and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Jose's friends say they last saw him near the house on Monday evening.

Deputies later found his clothes, cell phone and wallet in a trash can.

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