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Innocent Destino, III, has been located, Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives ensured the 7-year-old boy and his mother were reunited.  Innocent is unharmed.

Destino Jr., remains at large, and there is an active warrant for his arrest on charges of Attempted Murder, Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon, and Child Abuse.

Anyone with information in Destino’s whereabouts is urged to contact PCSO Detective Paul Buoniconti at 863.577.1600 or 863.298.6200.

The Missing Child Alert has been canceled.
A Florida missing child alert has been issued for 7-year-old Innocent Destino III, a black male, described as being approximately 4 feet tall, and weighing 55 pounds.  He has brown hair, and brown eyes.  He was last seen in the 2500 block of Old Tampa Highway in Lakeland at approximately 5:30 pm on Thursday, June 19, 2014. 

Innocent is believed to be in the company of his father, 28-year-old Innocent Destino Jr, a black male, described as being approximately 6 feet 1 inch tall, 230 pounds, black hair, and brown eyes.  

Destino Jr. has an open Polk County warrant in connection to an on-going shooting investigation. 

The pair may be traveling in a 2004, blue Dodge Ram 3500 truck, bearing FL tag number 1914PD.  

The truck has a “Gone Diesel” sticker on the back window and has 22 inch rims.   

Destino Jr. is considered to be armed and dangerous and residents are asked not to approach. 

PCSO detectives assigned to this investigation are Detective Paul Buoniconti, and Detective Jason Platt - anyone has any information about this investigation or has seen Destino, please immediately contact the PCSO at 863.298.6200, or 800-226-0344 (if after 5 pm, call 863-401-2226) or 911.


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 or log onto to submit your tip via the web. For a secure and password protected mobile app for your smart device, go to the app store and download the free “P3tips” mobile app. No caller ID, no recorded lines, no tracking cookies, no saved IP addresses. Anonymity is Guaranteed!!

Media Contact:
Wood, Donna
                                                Date: 6/20/2014