Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 11-325 (11-323

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • September 23, 2011
    • Contact Person:
    • Larry McKinnon : lmckinno@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8094

    Missing Hiker Is Located

    He is safe and has been returned to his family.
    • Friday
    • September 23, 2011
    • Time: 11:30 AM
    • Wilderness Park
    • 12651 Morris Bridge Road
    • Thonotosassa, FL


    Missing Hiker is Found. Francis Netto was located this morning by a group of six grade students on the river near Nature’s Classroom within Wilderness Park. EMS checked Mr. Netto. Mr. Netto has been reunited with his son.

    Missing Adult:

    Francis Netto
    DOB: 7/12/1955
    5156 Bernard Circle
    Tampa, FL


    Previous News Release 11-323

    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. His family has not seen or heard from him since that time. Mr. Nettles hikes in the park a couple of times a month, normally doing a fifteen mile loop. Mr. Netto car was located at the park. Deputies with the aid of K-9 and the aviation unit are actively searching the wooden 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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