Thursday, December 4, 2014

Missing Person found Deceased

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December 4, 2014

Yesterday at approximately 5 pm the Levy County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a resident who reported he had located the remains of a person in a wooded area near his home. Deputies responded to the 9800 Block of NE 121 Street in the University Oaks Subdivision in Bronson and located the body of Melvin Andrew Persenaire (10-13-1949).  Persenaire had been reported missing by his wife on November 29th  to the Gainesville Police Department.

Persenaire was last seen at Wal-Mart at the 23rd Street location in Gainesville on November 27th.  He was an employee there and ended his shift at approximately 3:45 pm. Parking lot surveillance video was reviewed by GPD officers, and Persenaire could be seen entering his 2010 silver Hyundai Accent and leaving.  Persenaire was last been seen wearing his Wal-Mart vest, tan pants and a blue Tee shirt.  GPD issued a BOLO (be on the look out) for Persenaire and his vehicle.  Persenaire had not been seen and had not contacted any family since his disappearance on the 27th.  His wife was working closely with GPD detectives to assist in the search for her husband.

Levy County Sheriff’s Office investigators are working with GPD and family, attempting to piece together the timeline of events that occurred since Persenaire went missing. LCSO is searching specifically for Persenaire’s vehicle. The vehicle, described as a Silver 2010 Hyundai Accent 4 door with attached Florida tag: N04-0CH, has not been located.  Law enforcement officers from several agencies have focused efforts to locate the vehicle in the Bronson area, west of Archer.

LCSO is asking for the public’s assistance in locating the vehicle. LCSO needs anyone who may have information which could help investigators locate this car to contact the Sheriff’s Office.  Also, anyone who may have had any contact or information about Persenaires’ whereabouts between November 27th and December 3rd, please contact LCSO at 352-486-5111 and ask for Sgt. Mike Narayan. 

Citizens wishing to remain anonymous can always contact CrimeStoppers about any crime or suspicious activity. 


Lt. Scott Tummond
Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff's Office
(352) 486-5111
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