Authorities in Pinal County are looking for a Maricopa couple who vanished this week. The Arizona Republic reports that Michael and Tina Careccia were last seen around Monday, but were reported missing at about 7:15 Monday night by their 17-year-old son. Their son Luke told authorities that he last saw his father and stepmother at around 5:00 a.m., when they left their home. They were reportedly driving a 2008 Honda Accord.
The Honda Accord was reportedly found by law enforcement officers approximately three hours after the couple was reported missing. The car was located close to the home.
ABC News 15 reports that Tina Careccia never showed up for work the morning she was last seen, and this disappearance is not part of the ordinary characters of these two people.
— Marc Martinez (@marcfox10) June 24, 2015
Search continues for missing Maricopa couple: The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office says deputies found the couple… http://t.co/75mnQT50od
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The circumstances of the Maricopa couple’s disappearance aren’t being made clear, but what details exist have troubled the missing couple’s loved ones. The couple reportedly rarely ventured into the desert, but according to family friend Rita Hernandez, their car was in questionable condition. It was reportedly “covered in dirt.”
Could the disappearance of these two people be the result of foul play? With it being going on three days since they were last seen, it’s a definite possibility. However, their son Luke doesn’t want to consider that. He offered his two cents on the idea when talking to the media.
“I don’t see what the motive would be.”
Michael Careccia is a 44-year-old white male who stands at 5’10” and 180 lbs. He has black hair and brown eyes. Tina Careccia is described as a 42-year-old white female with long blonde hair and brown eyes. She stands at around 5’8″ and 140 lbs. Authorities in Pinal County are encouraging anybody with information to come forward. If you have seen anything or if you feel like you may have information that could be useful in the search, please call the sheriff’s office at 520-866-5111.
Investigators and search parties are reportedly combing the desert surrounding the areas where they were last seen, and where their car was found abandoned. Drones have also been used, but no signs of the missing Maricopa couple have been found.
Photo: Pinal County police handout/Careccia family