Officials Locate Missing Florida Man Who Reportedly Thinks He’s God and Wanted to ‘Kill and Heal’ People

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
February 7, 2019 Updated: February 7, 2019

Update as of Feb. 7: Tampa’s ABC Action News reported that deputies have located the man, but additional details were not provided.

Earlier Story:

A missing Florida man wants to “kill and heal” people and may be suffering from delusions of grandeur, said deputies.

They said Ariel Raul Rodriguez, 33, had been making statements about being God and has been missing since leaving his family’s home in Tampa, reported Fox13.

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputies said he was talking about being the lion mentioned in the Bible.

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FOX 13 News – Tampa Bay 发布于 2019年2月6日周三

Rodriguez apparently told Fox13 that he is in Tallahassee and is “fine.”

However, the sheriff’s department disputed the claim made by the Fox affiliate.

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Officials said he disappeared in Tampa, Florida (Google Maps)

“Ariel has not made contact with the sheriff’s office yet, and as far as I know, no one from the family has talked to our sergeant as of yet to confirm that he is no longer missing,” a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office told WZZM.

“I reached out to the sergeant. Once deputies investigate and send information saying the alert is canceled we can put something out, but not until then.”

Deputies said he was driving a white, four-door 2016 Acura TLX with Florida tag GHEC68.

Officials said that anyone who may know where his whereabouts are can call the sheriff’s office at 813-247-8200.

Other details about the case are not clear.

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ABC Action News – WFTS – Tampa Bay 发布于 2019年2月6日周三

Missing Children

There were 464,324 missing children reported in the FBI’s National Crime Information Center in 2017, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Under federal law, when a child is reported missing to law enforcement, they must be entered into the database. In 2016, there were 465,676 entries.

“This number represents reports of missing children. That means if a child runs away multiple times in a year, each instance would be entered into NCIC separately and counted in the yearly total. Likewise, if an entry is withdrawn and amended or updated, that would also be reflected in the total,” the center noted.

In 2017, the center said it assisted officers and families with the cases of more than 27,000 missing children.

In those cases, 91 percent were endangered runaways, and 5 percent were family abductions.

About one in seven children reported missing to the center in 2017 were likely victims of child sex trafficking.

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Reve Walsh and John Walsh speak during The National Center For Missing And Exploited Children, the Fraternal Order of the Police and the Justice Department’s 16th Annual Congressional Breakfast at The Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel in Washington on May 18, 2011. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)

The number of reported missing children has significantly decreased in recent years, according to a 2017 report by the Department of Justice (pdf). The number of children reported missing dropped from 6.5 per 1,000 children in 1999 to 3.1 per 1,000 in 2013.

Missing children typically fall into five categories: kidnapped by a family member, abducted by a nonfamily perpetrator, runaways, those who got lost, stranded, or injured, or those who went missing due to benign reasons, such as misunderstandings, according to the report researchers.

Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.