By Garin Flowers:
September 20, 2013
Cheyenne Diorio reminisces about the tight bond she shared with her brother Cody Diorio. He was 22 when he went missing.
"I worked with him, I fished with him, I did everything. If you've seen Cody, I was most likely right there with him."
Franklin County Sheriff's deputies found human remains on August 12 and identified them as his this week.
"The last time I seen him, he got out the car, gave me a hug and a kiss and told me he loved me," she said.
Diorio went missing April 2. His truck was found the next day in a wooded area near Carrabelle off of Lake Morality Road. Franklin deputies ruled his death a suicide by gunshot.
"I definitely don't believe that my brother committed suicide, I know him way too well," Cheyenne added.
The investigation by the sheriff's office has been widely criticized.
Hundreds of comments have flooded their Facebook page.
Here's a statement from their office, addressing what it calls misleading rumors:
"The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office spent considerable time and effort in evaluating, investigating and reviewing all information surrounding the Cody Diorio case. Our actions have been fair, impartial, and complete. The case is now closed."
But, for Diorio's family, the case is still wide open.
"We're gonna continue to fight as far as we can until more is proven," Cheyenne said.
We reached out to Franklin County Sheriff's Office several times for comment, but our calls were unanswered.
You can find the full release from the sheriff's office below.
Press Release: Franklin County Sheriff’s Office
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office believes it is necessary to provide the following information in light of recent false and misleading rumors made surrounding the death of Cody Diorio.
On April 1, 2013, Cody Diorio was under investigation by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office for criminal activity. After an extensive interview with Mr. Diorio on April 1, his cell phone and computer were seized to preserve evidence as part of the case. The following day, April 2, 2013, Cody Diorio’s mother filed a missing person report with the Sheriff’s Office.
During the time of this missing person case, the Sheriff’s Office worked diligently to address all legitimate concerns and information brought to us regarding Cody Diorio. The Sheriff’s Office conducted an extensive investigation, including interviews with family, friends and business associates. Several searches were made in the area where Cody’s vehicle was found. These searches were grid searches by foot, helicopter and professional canine teams.
During the course of this search and investigation, close friends and business associates of Cody went on record to state that Cody had told them he would kill himself before he ever went back to jail. In a search of Cody’s phone, it was discovered that research had been done (on the phone) on how to commit suicide. In the early morning hours of April 2, 2013, the same day he went missing, Cody Diorio did, in fact, purchase a Jennings 9 mm handgun.
On August 12th, 2013, skeletal remains were found in a wooded area northwest of Lanark Village. Sheriff’s Offfice Investigator’s and FDLE Crime Scene Tech processed the area and found the following:
A Jennings 9 mm hand gun, 1 spent casing, Clothing, Flip flop, skeletal remains, all at the location the evidence indicated the suicide took place.
The remains were sent to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Tallahassee. Positive identification by dental means confirmed this was Cody Diorio. The ME’s findings resulted in a single, gunshot wound entering the mouth and exiting the back of the skull. The ME’s reports noted there were no other injuries identified.
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office spent considerable time and effort in evaluating, investigating and reviewing all information surrounding the Cody Diorio case. Our actions have been fair, impartial, and complete. The case is now closed.
Suicide takes a devastating toll on families, friends and communities and is often very hard to accept. If anyone has questions or comments regarding this case, they are more than welcome to contact Sheriff Mock, who will be glad to sit down with them and show them the full report.
As a side note, Suicide is the third leading cause of death among teens and young adults and the second leading cause of death among college students.
** If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255).**
By Garin Flowers
August 14, 2013
It's a call that has shocked the community.
Tuesday, the Franklin County Sheriff's Office received a tip about human remains found near Lake Morality Road in Carabelle.
They believe it could be 22-year-old Cody Diorio, who went missing back in April.
Chris Parmele has known Diorio since he was young.
"He was a pretty decent stand up guy," Parmele said.
"When he was growing up, he was always working on boats, working on engines, fishing. He just had a passion for fishing and stuff like that. He's just a good kid."
Sheriff's deputies said it was east of Lake Morality Road near a wooded area where they found the human remains. It was the same place where they found a truck belonging to Diorio when he went missing.
Furthermore, deputies said the remains had the same clothes and footwear Diorio was last seen wearing.
Based on evidence they've gathered and a preliminary investigation, they believe no foul play is suspected, which is not sitting well with some in the community.
"Kind of disappointed in our sheriff's department, wondering why a wider search wasn't conducted to find his body," Parmele said.
The Medical Examiner's Office will determine the identity of the remains and there is no word on how long that will take.
By Garin Flowers
August 14, 2013
Franklin County, FL - Franklin County Sheriff's deputies say based on evidence found at the scene and a preliminary investigation, there is nothing to suggest foul play.
This all started yesterday when the Sheriff's Office got a call about human remains.
They were found in a wooded area east of Lake Morality Road in Carrabelle.
Deputies say this could be linked to the missing case of 22 year old Cody Diorio from April.
Back then his car was found in the same wooded area and clothing items and footwear found on the human remains were consistent with things last seen on Diorio.
The remains were sent to the Medical Examiners Office, they will identify who it is.
WCTV will bring you more tonight on Eyewitness News at 11.
Press Release: Franklin County Sheriff's Office
On August 12, 2013 the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to skeletal remains being found in a wooded area East of Lake Morality Road in Carrabelle.
When officers arrived on scene it was determined that the skeletal remains were that of a human.
The area was secured and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Crime Lab was notified.
Early morning on August 13, 2013 Detectives from Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Agents from F.D.L.E Crime Lab, and Officer’s from the Department of Corrections searched the area and collected the skeletal remains and other evidentiary items.
The skeletal remains were transported to the Medical Examiner’s office for possible identification by means of DNA and/or Dental records.
The other items were placed into evidence pending investigation.
On April 2, 2013 Detectives from Franklin County Sheriff’s Office received information in reference to a missing adult by the name of Cody Diorio.
Mr. Diorio’s vehicle was located in a wooded area East of Lake Morality Road in Carrabelle.
Clothing items and footwear found with the skeletal remains on August 13th were consistent with items last seen on Diorio.
Identification will be determined by the Medical Examiner’s Office.
Based on evidence found at the scene and preliminary investigation does not suggest foul play.