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South Tampa man reported missing

A 34-year-old South Tampa man was reported missing Wednesday, police said.

When Michael Kritzer didn't show up for work at Home Depot in Brandon on Monday, his friends got worried, police said. They called Kritzer's father, Leonard Kritzer, in Sarasota.

After failing to reach his son by telephone, Leonard Kritzer drove to Tampa on Tuesday to look for him at his W Hills Avenue residence. He reported him missing to police on Wednesday.

Family and co-workers said that Kritzer's not coming home is "unusual, but it has happened on previous occasions," police said.

"We're sort of at a dead end for any real leads in this," said Capt. Bob Guidara, a police spokesman. "He has on occasion been absent from his network of friends without any explanation. In this case, we are aggressively pursuing this investigation even though there is some history of disappearance."

Guidara said Tampa police detectives are working several hundred missing person cases.

Leonard Kritzer told police the last time he saw his son was on Sunday in Sarasota. He was there visiting family and friends but headed back to Tampa about 6 p.m. He was driving a 1998 Toyota 4Runner with Florida tag T68VPQ.

In recent weeks, Tampa police detectives have worked several high-profile missing persons cases, including a search for Jason Galehouse and Michael Wachholtz, two 26-year-old Tampa men both reported missing just before Christmas. A passer-by found Wachholtz's body wrapped in the back seat of his 1992 Jeep Cherokee on Jan. 6. Detectives are still searching for Galehouse, who was last seen in the early morning hours of Dec. 20 leaving the Tampa bar called 2606 N Armenia Avenue with two men.

Police spokesman Joe Durkin said Thursday that Kritzer's case has no apparent connection to other missing person cases detectives are investigating.

"There's nothing to suggest that they're related," Durkin said. "Nothing to indicate that there's any foul play."

Anyone with information about Kritzer's disappearance or that of Galehouse is asked to call Tampa police Det. Chip DeBlock at 276-3575.

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