Please help find William ‘Billy’ Manno

A Margate family is asking for the public’s help in finding a man last seen on a bank surveillance tape May 19.

William “Billy” Manno, 45, had recently been separated from his wife and 13-year-old daughter because of a gambling problem, family members said.

billymugIIHis last contact with his family was when he left the home of a cousin with whom he’d been staying early on May 17.

Since then, he was recorded withdrawing cash from ATM machines at the TB Bank and BB&T bank in the  1600 block of Hallandale Beach Boulevard in Hallandale Beach, said his sister-in-law, Lisa Mark.

Manno was last recorded at an ATM at the Mardi Gras Casino in Hallandale Beach at 8:38 a.m. May 19, Mark said.

Manno’s vehicle, a 2001 Dodge Caravan, was found abandoned in the 16000 block of Loxahatchee Road on Saturday afternoon by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers making a routine license plate check, according to Mark.

The vehicle showed no signs of foul play, and Manno’s clothes, identification and keys were inside, the worried sister-in-law said. A police-dog search of the area around the vehicle turned up nothing unusual.

Mark and her sister, Manno’s wife, Laurie, painted a picture of a devoted family man and reliable worker who’s been employed for 13 years as a test and balance technician at Richard Flanders Enterprises in Coral Springs.

“This is the guy on the block who taught every kid on the block how to swim,” Laurie Manno said.

But Manno had recently been showing signs of a problem with slot machines, his family said.

“We started to have issues over it,” his wife said.

Since Manno’s disappearance, his parents have traveled from New Hampshire to be part of the search effort, Mark said. The family has distributed missing persons posters and chased down some phone leads, all in the area of Hallandale Beach, Mark said. So far, none have paid off.

Still, the family hasn’t given up hope.

“We’re in a waiting mode,” Mark said.

And if she could get a message to her brother-in-law, what would it be?

“No matter how much somebody screws up their life, there’s nothing his family won’t forgive him for,” she said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Broward County Sheriff’s Detective Chris Blankenship at 954-321-4268.

 

 

 

 

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About Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at jpjsaunders@gmail.com.

  • lisa mark

    it was the 16000 block, the very end of loxahatchee rd. the state park out there, big fishing spot. officials say the van was not there at 10am thursday 5/23, it was there midday friday, and they ran the plate midday sat. someone had to see something regarding the van. any bit of info is helpful. ur tip and someone elses tip might be connected and give the police something to chase down. thanks BPR and jack for spreading the word! thanks to all the BPR readers for taking the time to read this.

    • bob johnson

      Good luck in finding "Billy".

      I hope he is safe and happy to return home.

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  • Debbie Chomas

    He needs to seek some help, fast. God be with him at this time. I pray he is found, and does decide to stop all forms of gambling. It is a miserable life when you are addicted to it.

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  • lorraine

    This is the end result of either gambling and drug problems. If they don't get some help they don't want help. My neighbor lost his business, jobs, and is about to loose there home. He owns close to if not One million dollars in judgements, IRS. It is very sad to me that someone would do this to themselves and not search for help. Hopefully he is safe.

  • http://Facebook Terri

    Praying for your loved one to be found safely, and be brought back home. Also, prayers for the family. Regardless of his problems, there is peace and help to be found. God bless you all.

  • Anne Garfinkle

    Billy. You have no idea how many people care about you . But most of all, know Sidney needs to know you are her father and will stand by her no matter what. Dave and Geoff think highly of you. We do too. We all have situations we wish we could have handled better. Please love your parents and show it. We want to hear from you. We live in Florida and know the trials of that.

  • Kristi

    I will post this article on facebook.

    May his Holy Guardian Angel protect him and bring him home safely!!

    For Billy and his family: Hail Mary, Full of grace, The Lord is with Thee. Blessed Art Thou among women, and Blessed is The Fruit of Thy Womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

  • Kristi

    I forgot to post the following link on my last message: http://www.smwa.org/

    God bless you all!!