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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 17-503R

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • September 25, 2017
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    • 813-247-8060

    Missing Endangered Adult

    On September 23, the body of Velma Dobbs was recovered from the bay.
    • Friday
    • September 22, 2017
    • Time: 10:00 PM
    • 2801 Trinidad Way
    • Palmetto, FL


    On September 23, 2017, at approximately 3:30 pm, a body was recovered by Florida Fish and Wildlife from the bay. On October 2, the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner positively identified the deceased as Velma Dobbs.

    Missing Endangered Adult:

    Velma Jean Dobbs
    DOB: 7/08/1944
    2801 Trinidad Way
    Palmetto, FL

    Description: White female, 5'9”


    On September 22, 2017 at approximately 10:00 pm, a gray Hyundai Sante Fe was found on top of the Skyway Bridge, with the keys inside the unlocked vehicle.  The registered owner, Velma Dobbs was not located. Her identification was also found inside the vehicle.  She was last seen leaving her residence at 2801 Trinidad Way in Palmetto, Florida at approximately 5:00 pm on the same date. She has not been seen or heard from since. She is considered missing endangered due to these circumstances and her recent attempt to harm herself a week ago.

    Anyone with any information reference her whereabouts is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 247-8200.

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