The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office seeks Debra Bergey, Grady Sidney Matthew Johnson, and her children Dominic and Delainey, missing since Dec. 29, 2023.

Who are Debra Bergey and Grady Sidney Matthew Johnson? 

Debra Bergey with her husband and children (x/@crimewithbobby)

Authorities are actively searching for Debra Bergey, her boyfriend Grady Sidney Matthew Johnson, and her two children, 6-year-old Dominic Bergey and 10-year-old Delainey Bergey, who mysteriously disappeared on December 29, 2023. The family was last spotted traveling south on U.S. 301 near CR-673.

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The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office initiated the search after a concerned family member reported them missing on Tuesday. During the investigation, it was revealed that Debra Bergey had sent text messages containing suicidal statements to relatives. The family’s current homeless status added complexity to the search.

Detectives disclosed that the family might be driving a 2007 Orange Dodge Nitro with Michigan license plate “BERGEY.” Investigators believe they have ties to Pasco, Hernando, and Polk Counties, prompting searches in these areas.

Debra Bergey, the focal point of the investigation, has known contacts in the mentioned counties, deepening concerns about the family’s whereabouts. The authorities encourage anyone with relevant information to contact the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office at 352-793-2621. For those preferring anonymity, Crimeline is accessible at 1-800-423-TIPS(8477).

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As the search intensifies, officials remain tight-lipped about potential motives or circumstances surrounding the family’s disappearance. Friends, family, and concerned citizens await updates as the investigation unfolds, hoping for a swift resolution to the mystery that has gripped the Tampa Bay area.