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July 18, 2017 8:23 am

Chris Graham
Community Information Specialist
grahamc@deland.org
Office: 386-626-7117
Cell: 386-872-0821

Update: 10:25 p.m.

A preliminary investigation has found that Diaz left on his own accord and drove to Daytona Beach.

The family is on the way to pick him and the van up.

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Update: 10:10 p.m.

Ruben Melendez Diaz has been found near Joe's Crab Shack in Daytona Beach. We are working to gather details. If we have any additional updates we will send them out.

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Update: 6:03 p.m.

The missing man has been identified as 71-year-old Ruben Melendez Diaz. He was last seen wearing a green shirt and tan pants. He also has had a leg amputated.

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DELAND POLICE LOOKING FOR MISSING ELDERLY MAN

DeLand Police are seeking the public’s help with finding a van that was reported stolen and possibly had an elderly, disabled man inside at the time.

The vehicle, a 2000 Dodge Voyager van with a Florida license tag of HQGT73, was reported stolen around 3:30 p.m. from the area of Laisey Drive and East Volusia Avenue. Police believe a 71-year-old man was inside the vehicle when it was stolen.

The van was last spotted on a traffic cam in Daytona Beach.

Anyone who sees the vehicle is urged to call 911.

Volusia County Sheriff's Office

Administrative offices: West Volusia 386-736-5961 Daytona Beach 386-254-4689 New Smyrna Beach 386-423-3352

Non-emergency dispatch numbers: DeLand 386-943-8276 Daytona Beach 386-239-8276 New Smyrna Beach 386-409-8276 Osteen 407-323-0151

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