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Pasco Sheriff worried about fugitive's missing family

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Pasco County Sheriff Nocco worried about fugitive family Pasco County Sheriff Nocco worried about fugitive family
Jennifer Bruce, 28, and her children Dillon Bruce, 7, and Brett Bruce, 5, are missing. Jennifer Bruce, 28, and her children Dillon Bruce, 7, and Brett Bruce, 5, are missing.
Garret Bruce, 33, was facing criminal charges in Pinellas County for DUI Manslaughter and Vehicular Homicide Garret Bruce, 33, was facing criminal charges in Pinellas County for DUI Manslaughter and Vehicular Homicide
PASCO COUNTY, FL (WFLA) - Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco has issued a nationwide alert for a missing family, believed to be on the run with DUI manslaughter suspect Garrett Bruce.

Bruce's wife Jennifer withdrew her two sons Dylan and Brett from Longleaf Elementary School in New Port Richey on January 10, two days after Bruce removed a court-ordered ankle bracelet that was supposed to track his whereabouts.

At the family home in the Riverside Villas subdivision in New Port Richey, investigators said there is no sign the family packed for a trip. Even the family car still sits in the driveway.

A neighbor said the boys are adorable. She doesn't use the same word to describe Garrett. "He was loud, rowdy in the wee hours of the morning. Cuz my bedroom is right here. And I could hear the noise coming from over there," said Myrna Collura.

Garrett Bruce failed to show up for a court hearing Monday, a week before his trial and a Pinellas judge issued a warrant for his arrest.

Nocco says his concern in Pasco County is for the well being of the two boys. He has a message for Jennifer Bruce: "Please call the Pasco Sheriff's office. Please call your family up and let them know where you are. You may love your husband, however you have two little boys, Brett and Dillon, they need you now more than your husband does," he said.
 
 
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Nocco said that Jennifer called her father the day after he reported her and the kids as missing persons to say they were ok but far away.

She has called twice since then including this past weekend.

Bruce's DUI manslaughter trial is still scheduled to begin next week in Pinellas County.

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