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Online group helps fund new billboards in Orange County

It’s been five months since Bryan “Vladek” Hasel went missing and billboards are being posted around Orange County in hopes of reinvigorating search efforts to find him.

“Unfortunately, I don’t think enough people know that my brother is missing,” Vladek’s sister Jodi Hasel said.

Vladek lived with his father near the University of Central Florida. His father left town in November and when he returned, Vladek disappeared.

“Spending five months with very little movement in her case has been disheartening,” said Vladek’s other sister, Bethany Hasel.

The two sisters searched for answers about their brother’s whereabouts online, which also connected them with a group of strangers who joined the digital search to find him.

“Apparently there’s a group of people on Twitter who are invested in just trying to help share the missing person cases…spread the information,” Jodi said.

This group helped pay for billboards to show Hasel’s disappearance along Colonial Drive.

“The police can’t do this alone. They have too many cases across the country, too many missing, they don’t have enough budget to work with,” said JP, a Twitter user who helped design the layout of the billboard.

Vladek’s case is open and active with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, but new details have not been released.

His family said they recently learned that he was potentially seen on camera at Foxtail Coffee near the UCF campus on Nov. 6, 2021, wearing a black hoodie, khaki shorts and red sandals.

Deputies said a red slide sandal was found in the woods near Vladek’s apartment when they searched the area in November. Vladek’s family wants the deputies to search the woods again.

In the meantime, however, they continue to share Vladek’s photo and description to hopefully raise awareness and provide more guidance on his whereabouts.

“If they just knew he was missing. Hopefully someone will come forward and let us know anything that can help us with what happened,” Bethany said.

Anyone with information about Vladek’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, 407-836-4357.