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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 16-477 (16-476)

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • November 1, 2016
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    Update On Missing Adult

    HCSO Marine Unit recovered the body tentatively identified as William Morris.
    • Monday
    • October 31, 2016
    • Time: 5:48 AM
    • Alafia River


    At approximately 11:30 am, deputies with the HCSO Marine Unit located and recovered the body of an adult male spotted in the mangroves along the south shoreline of the Alafia River, East of US Hwy 41 in Gibsonton.

    Deputies have tentatively identified the deceased as William Morris. The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office will need to make a positive Identification as well as determine the official cause of death.  

    Missing Adult:

    William George Morris
    DOB 8-16-78
    8821 Oak Street

    Details (16-476):

    On October 31, 2016 at approximately 5:48 pm, HCSO was notified of a missing adult on the Alafia River. Morris had taken his 3-year-old son for a ride on the jet ski and failed to return.  When the wife called his cell phone, the 3-year-old answered the phone (facetime).  The child was found on a small island (which is called Island 75 by local residents).  It is a small island located on the Alafia River just west of Interstate 75.  A private citizen saw the child and stayed with him until deputies arrived on scene.  When deputies searched the island Morris' jet ski was located on the south side of he island, pulled up on the bank with the adult life jacket on the jet ski.  Morris' wallet was also found in the jet ski.  Marine units and aviation are searching for Morris.
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