Deputies search for missing, 37-year-old Highlands Co. man

- A Highlands County man seems to have disappeared without a trace and detectives hope the public will help find him.

The Highlands County Sheriff's office said 37-year-old Michael Johns was last seen March 8 near East Claradge Avenue in Avon Park. 

Michael Johns was described as a white male standing  5'11" tall and weighing about 200 pounds. He has brown hair and hazel eyes, and was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, blue jeans and carrying a red Tampa Bay Buccaneers duffel bag.

Anyone with information on where Johns might be is asked to contact Detective Orlando Esquibel at the Highlands County Sheriff's Office, Special Victim's Unit, at (863) 402-7357 or email

Anyone with information who wants to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477), or visit

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