Search for missing FSU student continues after county officials find the 19-year-old's car two miles away
The official social media pages of Leon County Sheriff's office claim that Justin, a Florida State student, was last seen on FSU campus by friends on Wednesday.
The Leon County Sheriff's Office is looking into the mind-boggling disappearance of a 19-year-old Florida State University student named Justin Dean Shields, who has been missing since Wednesday, September 5. The teenager was reportedly last seen by friends in the university campus. The officials working on the case found a car that Shields was reportedly driving, on Friday.
Shield’s wallet and keys were inside the white colored 2016 Ford Fusion, which was found at the crossroads in a rural area about 20 miles northeast of Tallahassee, according to Fox. As per the social media posts by the Sheriff’s office, someone matching Shields' description was seen walking on Old Magnolia Road, close to where the car found, on Friday morning around 7 am.
Since the discovery of the vehicle, K9 and aviation units have been deployed to look for the FSU student in the nearby area. “Because we are utilizing K9s in our search, we are requesting the public not canvas the area at this time. Our K9s are scent oriented, and an influx of people may compromise the search,” read one of the social media instructions from LCSO.
As of Saturday, a command post has also been set up in the area, and anyone with any information on the matter has been requested to call (850) 606-5800.
A statement from Florida State University’s website reads, "Florida State University administrators and police are working directly with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office to locate a missing person last seen on FSU’s campus. Be assured the safety and wellbeing of every member of our Florida State family is our top priority."
Many of his friends and family have also taken to social to request everyone’s cooperation in finding the college student. Many others have shared their prayers and well wishes to help him get found.
Shield's uncle George Rivera posted, "Facebook Friends I Need Your Help! My Nephew Is Missing In Tallahassee Please Share This Post.
Missing Person: Justin Dean Shields was last seen on Wednesday, September 5th. Justin is a Florida State University student and belonged to the FIJI Fraternity, 19 years old, Caucasian Male, 6 Feet Tall, approximately 160-170 lbs. His car, a white Honda Civic was found by the Tallahassee Police Dept, 25 miles outside of Tallahassee, with his keys, wallet and cell phone inside. Justin attended Coral Reef High School and his family lives in Miami, Florida.
Please contact the Tallahassee Police Department with any details on Justin or contact his parents Ann Farrar or Marcos Becari at (305) 323-4553. We are praying for his safe return."
UPDATE: The search continues for 19 year old, FSU student, Justin Dean Shields. Right now search dogs and LCSO investigators are continuing their efforts that began yesterday. Anyone with information, please call (850) 606-5800. pic.twitter.com/PngehwFKCn— Leon Co Sheriff, Fl (@LeonSheriff) September 8, 2018
Meanwhile, a friend posted, "Praying he is found safely and I shared it. 🙏🙏🙏," as another said, "I just saw this on the news and it broke my heart. Praying for your safe return Justin. If anyone would like to share I combined Justin's picture with what his uncle wrote above. It is on my wall and is public so feel free to share."