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Deputies search for missing 25-year-old Tampa engineer



TAMPA — Charles London Beck didn't show up to work last Thursday and hasn't been heard from since he spoke with his mother late the night before.

Now, Hillsborough deputies are seeking public help in locating the 25-year-old engineer.

Beck was expected to be at his job at Marlin Engineering in Tampa at noon March 13, his boss said Wednesday afternoon.

Beck called his mother at 11 p.m. the night before, just after he returned from a business trip in Tallahassee, sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter said.

It was the last time Genevieve Beck heard from her son.

She contacted deputies about her son Tuesday, saying it is very out of character for him not to stay in contact with his family or employer, Carter said.

Calls to Beck's cell phone have been unsuccessful; Carter said it sounds as though it is turned off. Deputies searching Beck's home at Hidden Palms Apartments, 14505 Audubon Trace, saw no sign of forced entry.

Mike Register, manager of Tampa's tight-knit Marlin Engineering branch, said Beck is unmarried. He drives a 2002 silver Mercedes C230k two-door hatchback with Florida tag W102LC, which Carter said is also gone.

Beck is described as a white man, about 5 feet 5, 160 pounds with brown eyes, black hair and a light complexion.

He is a graduate of the University of South Florida, Register said. A page in Beck's name says he studied civil and environmental engineering and was born in New Orleans.

Register described the engineer as "industrious, detailed and quiet," as well as someone who goes out of his way to show concern for others.

Records indicate Beck has had a few run-ins with the law, including arrests on charges of marijuana possession, making harassing phone calls, trespassing and underage possession of alcohol.

Anyone with information is asked to call (813) 247-8200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477.

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