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As the manhunt continued Tuesday for the 20-year-old Oviedo man who went missing after his mother was killed inside their home, court records emerged, detailing his struggle with mental illness and drugs.

Meanwhile, family and friends on Facebook pled for help in finding the young man — who is possibly the only person who knows what happened to Jacqueline Ortiz.

A family member found the slain mother of three inside her home in the 3000 block of Woodley Park Place about 3:45 p.m. Sunday.

Ortiz, 45, was pronounced dead at her home.

Investigators immediately listed her son, Joshua Galin Ortiz, as missing, endangered and possibly suicidal. He lived at the home with Ortiz, family members said.

Also missing from the home was the mother’s white 2005 Ford Mustang convertible.

Deputies say Ortiz may be riding around in his mother’s car, which he was arrested for stealing just two months ago.

The vehicle, bearing Florida tag no. G521UU, has noticeable front-end damage.

No suspects had been named Tuesday.

“Help us find him, please,” Jill Park Reynolds wrote on Facebook about Ortiz. “Jackie Seymour-Ortiz was our beautiful friend and she didn’t deserve to die.”

Mental illness and weed

Joshua Ortiz is Jacqueline Ortiz’s middle son.

He has a recent history of mental illness, running away from home and stealing his mother’s white Ford Mustang, court records show.

His parents reported him missing May 31, 2013.

A day later, he returned home on a bicycle with a marijuana pipe in his front pocket.

His father, Carmelo Ortiz, told Oviedo police his son was mentally ill and had stopped taking his medicine.

The younger Ortiz was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. He pleaded no contest and was ordered to pay $263 in court costs. He also had to attend substance abuse counseling.

His arrest report didn’t provide additional details about his mental problems.

On Aug. 4, 2014, authorities returned to the Ortiz’s home.

This time, it was their son’s 20th birthday and he had stolen his mother’s white Ford Mustang convertible — the same vehicle he may be riding around in now.

After an argument with his mother about smoking weed, Ortiz went into her bedroom and stole the car keys from her purse that night.

“Jacqueline told me Joshua knows he is not allowed to drive her car and this is the first time he has ever taken the car,” Seminole County deputies said.

A few hours later, Ortiz was spotted speeding in the convertible in Merritt Island. Florida Highway Patrol troopers pulled him over on State Road 520 and Plumosa Street, and arrested him.

He was charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle and taken to Brevard County Jail.

She was very successful

Charles Seymour had a wonderful daughter, he said.

She worked at an Orlando-area title insurance company, called Pillar Title and Trust Inc.

“She was very successful,” Seymour said.

He didn’t know much about the relationship between her and his grandson, Joshua. But he expressed concerned about his grandson’s well-being.

“I’m sure he’s scared to death,” Seymour said about Joshua Ortiz. “I just don’t want any more pain to happen.”

The family released information on Facebook about a memorial service for Ortiz.

It will begin Friday at 7 p.m. at the Eastland Baptist Church, at 9000 Lake Underhill Road, according to Zachery Seymour, her oldest son.

Friends and family also posted pictures of Ortiz along with loving messages.

“The world lost an amazing, beautiful, loving and caring woman today,” Seymour wrote on his Facebook page. “To my most beloved mother, who always guided me, always supported me, and always ensured me and [my] brother had the best she could provide, I miss you and I love you.”

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crimeline at 800-423-8477 or the Sheriff’s Office at 407-665-6650.

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