Deputies suspend active search for Collier County man
NAPLES, Fla. – The search for a 27-year-old man who has Asperger’s Syndrome has been called off, deputies said Sunday afternoon.
The Collier County Sheriff’s Office was actively searching for Jamie Curtis after he jumped from his mother’s car Friday night. He was last seen near Immokalee and Jones Mining roads, which is in the area where authorities continued to search into Saturday.
The sheriff’s office released surveillance video Monday that shows Curtis at a store Friday just before he went missing.
The search area was approximately 50 yards wide and 150 yards long between Jones Mining and Sanctuary roads, CCSO Lt. J.J. Carroll said. There were 40 people from CCSO, the North Collier Fire Control and Rescue District and local EMS searching for Curtis through dense woods on Saturday evening. A dive team of six was also called to help rummage through swampy areas where waters were chest-high, according to Carroll, and crews canvassed neighborhoods off Zachary Taylor Highway, knocking on residents’ doors to ask for information.
On Sunday, deputies said they had exhausted their resources after checking all possible areas and failing to find any new clues.
“Remember, he went in with a backpack, so there was no backpack, no shirts or anything like that that was there left at the scene,” Lt. Carroll said.
Lt. Carroll said his team will review their efforts, but deputies will not be sent back into the heavily wooded area where Curtis is believed to have disappeared.
“Right now were suspending the search. We really cant do much more,” he said.
CCSO originally released a flier that identified the missing 27 year old as Jaime. Deputies and family members later confirmed his first name is spelled Jamie.
No further information was immediately available.