UPDATE [2/7/19 at 12:20 p.m. EST]: WCNC is reporting that Rodriguez has been found. Police “confirmed he has been located safely in Leon County. No further details were immediately available.”
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office in Tampa Bay, Florida is searching for a 33-year-old man who thinks he is “God.”
According to WCNC, Ariel Raul Rodriguez has been missing since Monday, February 4, after he walked out of his family’s home around 9 p.m.
Prior to his disappearance, Rodriguez reportedly made comments saying that he believes “he’s the lion the Bible talks about,” and that he “wants to heal and kill people” as the bible says.
However, now his family is calling the incident a “big misunderstanding.” As WCNC reports, family members said they reportedly spoke with a man they believed to have been Rodriguez on FaceTime.
The 33-year-old allegedly told the family that he is in Tallahassee, Florida and that he only left home because of “a disagreement with his mom.”
But according to officers from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, that’s information they haven’t been made aware of.
A spokesperson for the sheriff’s office told WCNC:
“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. 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.”
Authorities believe Rodriguez is driving a white, four-door 2016 Acura TLX with Florida tag GHEC68.
As of 9:45 a.m. on February 7, it is still believed Rodriguez’s whereabouts are still unknown and he is still considered missing, despite the alleged FaceTime call his family had with him.
Police are asking anyone with any information regarding Ariel Raul Rodriguez’s whereabouts to please contact the sheriff’s office at 813-247-8200.