Jacksonville teen still missing, family concerned about his safety

Family seeking community’s help to find missing Jacksonville teen

The family of Jacksonville teen Ray Pita is asking for help finding him. They said the 18-year-old has been missing since Wednesday and they are concerned about his safety. His family told News4JAX the last time they saw him was when he took an Uber to the Museum Of Science & History near downtown on Wednesday around midnight. The Uber dropped him off at 12:23 a.m., according to the family.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The family of Jacksonville teen Ray Pita is asking for help finding him.

They said the 18-year-old has been missing since Wednesday and they are concerned about his safety.

His family told News4JAX the last time they saw him was when he took an Uber to the Museum Of Science & History near downtown on Wednesday around midnight. The Uber dropped him off at 12:23 a.m., according to the family.

The MOSH said they didn’t have any security footage featuring Pita.

Family and friends said they have been placing fliers around the downtown area since his disappearance. He was last seen wearing a black hoodie with black pants, a white shirt and white shoes.

Missing Jacksonville teen flier (Courtesy of the family)

His sister Leamsi Carpio said he hadn’t done anything like this in the past.

“He will hang out with his friends, but always would let someone know ‘hey, I’m going to do this,’” Carpio said.

The family also said they found his phone near the MOSH, but there weren’t any messages indicating where he could have gone.

The family calls it “strange” that he is a teenager and doesn’t have his phone with him.

Carpio said she hopes her little brother comes home.

“He’s my littler brother. I’ve seen him grow up to be this man,” Carpio said. “He never goes to look for trouble, never harassed anyone. He’s a sweet person. He’s charismatic. He not going up to you to start anything. First thing he’s going to have is a smile.”

If you see Pita, you’re urged to call the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

Missing Jacksonville teenager (Courtesy of the family)

About the Author:

Brie Isom joined the News4JAX team in January 2021 after spending three years covering news in South Bend, Indiana.