Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 11-323

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • September 22, 2011
    • Contact Person:
    • Det. Larry McKinnon : lmckinno@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8094

    Deputies Are Searching For Missing Hiker

    Man thought to have went hiking on Wednesday has not returned.
    • Thursday
    • September 22, 2011
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • Wilderness Park
    • 12651 Morris Bridge Road
    • Thonotosassa, FL

    Missing Adult:

    Francis Netto
    DOB: 7/12/1955
    5156 Bernard Circle
    Tampa, FL
    • White Male
    • 5’11”
    • 160 lbs., medium build
    • Gray hair
    • Blue eyes


    On September 21, 2011 at an unknown time, Francis Netto left his residence located at Bernard Circle in Tampa to hike the trail in Wilderness Park and has not seen or heard from him since.  Mr. Netto hikes in the park a couple of times a month, normally doing a fifteen mile loop. Mr. Netto's car was located at the park.
    Deputies with the aid of K-9 and the aviation unit are actively searching the wooded area at this time.

    Anyone who may have seen or knows the whereabouts of Francis Netto is asked to contact the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at 813/247-8200 or call Crimestoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS.
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