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The search for a missing 9 year old Fort Myers girl is over. Police say while they are not actively in the field looking for little Diana Alvarez, they are still trying to figure out what happened to her. They say a 28 year old man who once rented a room at the girl’s house, has admitted he was with her the day she vanished from her bed 3 weeks ago.

A Broward Sheriff’s deputy won’t have to face a slew of child sex-related charges after all. That’s because 43 year old Kreg Costa shot himself to death hours after bonding out of jail.

Prosecutors hope to send the South Carolina mother who drove her minivan into the Atlantic Ocean in Daytona Beach with her 3 children inside back to a mental hospital. They are asking a judge to let a psychiatrist evaluate Ebony Wilkerson after she went off her medication and had a psychotic episode while living outside the hospital. Her lawyers are apparently OK with the evaluation.

Charges are unlikely against parents of a Nebraska 2 year old who was snatched and drowned by an alligator at a Disney World beach. Little Lane Graves was in just one or two feet of water when the gator grabbed him. There was a no swimming sign, but no alligator warnings.

Engineers are trying to figure out what to do about a 20 foot wide and 20 foot deep hole that opened up next to Fowler Avenue in Tampa this morning. They say the hole extends under the pavement, so Fowler is closed between Jackson and Tom Folsom Roads.

3 Florida International University students are found safe, a day after they went missing in the Everglades while collecting water samples in their small boat.

Tampa Bay is well-represented on a new list of best Florida cities to find a job. WalletHub says Sarasota is number 1 and Wesley Chapel, Brandon, Tampa, Palm Harbor, Lutz, Valrico, and Clearwater are all in the top 13. The survey looked at everything from job opportunities, to transportation costs, to social life.

President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, in Orlando today to meet with relatives of people shot in the Pulse nightclub massacre. 23 victims are still hospitalized, 6 in critical condition, 3 in guarded condition, and 14 in stable condition. 49 were killed in the rampage. 53 were wounded.