Entire Family Vanishes, Community Sharing Finds Family in hours!


UPDATE-Missing Persons Located

Update-Debra Bergey, her children and Grady Sidney Matthew Johnson have been located safe in Hernando County. Thank you for sharing.

Florida — Authorities in Sumter County are urgently seeking information about a missing family with potential ties to the Tampa Bay area. The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office issued a Facebook post on Wednesday, reporting the disappearance of Debra Bergey, her two children, Dominic Bergey (6 years old), and Delainey Bergey (10 years old), as well as Debra’s boyfriend, Grady Sidney Matthew Johnson.

According to officials, the last known sighting of the family was on December 29, 2023, when a family member observed them traveling south on U.S. 301 near CR-673. The family is believed to be driving a 2007 Orange Dodge Nitro with a Michigan tag reading “BERGEY.” During the investigation, it was revealed that Debra Bergey had made suicidal statements to family members via text message.

The family is considered homeless, and investigators are reaching out to communities in Pasco, Hernando, and Polk Counties where Ms. Bergey has contacts.

Details from Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Report:

On January 16th, 2024, Sumter County Deputies initiated a report for the missing adult female, Debra Bergey. The investigation revealed that Ms. Bergey had made suicidal statements, and her children, Delainey Francis Bergey and Dominic Cornelius Bergey, were also unaccounted for.

The family was last seen on December 29th, 2023, traveling South on US 301 in the area of CR 673 at 10:00 A.M. Their vehicle is described as a 2007 Orange Dodge Nitro with the Michigan specialty tag “BERGEY.” Ms. Bergey’s boyfriend, Grady Sidney Matthew Johnson, remains unlocated, and contact has not been established at this time.

Ms. Bergey is reported to have contacts in Pasco, Hernando, and Polk Counties, and it is suggested that she may be staying in one of these areas. Furthermore, Ms. Bergey’s phone has been turned off.

Areas to Search:

Last seen driving south, it’s possible they’re in any of the shaded area. In the picture below, they were last seen at that position driving south towards Tampa. The shaded region on the map indicates the scope of the search. Residents, businesses, and communities within this area are urged to remain vigilant and report any potential sightings or information related to the missing family.

Appeal for Information:

The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office is urging anyone with information about the whereabouts of Debra Bergey, her children Delainey & Dominic, or Grady Sidney Matthew Johnson to contact them at 352-793-2621. To remain anonymous, individuals can reach out to Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS(8477).

This urgent appeal seeks the cooperation of the community to help locate the missing family and reunite them safely. Your assistance can make a significant difference in this critical situation. #MissingFamily #TampaBayArea #SumterCountyStrong

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