Elderly Florida Lyft driver missing since last week found dead

An elderly Florida Lyft driver who went missing last month has been found dead, his heartbroken daughter revealed on social media Tuesday.

Gary Levine, 74, of Palm Beach County disappeared on Jan. 30 after he was supposed to meet his girlfriend for dinner and never returned home, authorities said.

The case gained notoriety Thursday when a Florida man wanted for an unrelated murder was arrested driving Leon’s 2022 Kia Stinger as he tried to elude cops in North Carolina.

Matthew Scott Flores was taken into custody by state troopers after leading them on a high-speed chase through several counties in Leon’s vehicle.

Leon’s daughter, Lindsay DeBetta, told The Post last week that she hoped her father would make it to life.

But detectives reported finding a body where Leon had disappeared over the weekend, and DiBetta confirmed it was his father.

Gary Levine disappeared after meeting his girlfriend for dinner and not returning.

Matthew Flores is in police custody.
Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office

“My father was a truly kind person, once you knew him or met him you would know what I mean when I say that,” De Beta wrote on Facebook. “The stories I’ve received about this from friends, family and complete strangers over the past week have lifted me up more than you can ever imagine.”

DiBetta told The Post that his father retired from the auto parts business and moved from Pennsylvania to Florida several years ago.

He said he started driving for Lyft to pass the time and interact with passengers.

DiBetta thanked those who offered their condolences and asked for privacy as she began the grieving process.

Matthew Flores
Matthew Flores was caught by police driving Leon’s car.

Gary Levin
Gerry Levine, the elderly driver, went missing on January 30.

Police have not released a cause of Leon’s death or noted a direct connection to Flores.

Flores is behind bars for previous murders and other charges related to a police chase last week.

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