The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office last week issued a statement on the death of Cody Diorio, 22, of Carrabelle, whose body was recovered Aug. 12 in a wooded area northwest of Lanark Village, near Lake Morality. Diorio had been reported missing April 2 near Duck Lake, and his green 1996 Dodge Ram was located, but a search at the time was unable to find any trace of him.

The following is the statement from the 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, 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, 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, the same day he went missing, Cody Diorio did, in fact, purchase a Jennings 9mm handgun.

On Aug. 12, skeletal remains were found in a wooded area northwest of Lanark Village. Sheriff’s office investigators and FDLE (Florida Department of Law Enforcement) crime scene technicians processed the area and found the following: A Jennings 9mm handgun, one spent casing, clothing, flip flop, skeletal remains, all at the location the evidence indicated the suicide took place.

The remains were sent to the office of the medical examiner (ME) 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, according to data from the World Health Organization.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK.