William Henry Forshee Jr.
William Jr., approximately 1973; Age when reported missing: 56 (approximately 2011)
Date and time person was reported missing : 04/16/1973
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Lost/Injured Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 12/10/1955 (65)
Age at the time of disappearance: 17 years old
Height / Weight : 5'8 - 5'9, 150 - 160 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes. William has a burn scar on his right leg and skin graft scars on both thighs.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : William Jr., his father William Sr., and two other African-American men, Minni or Benny Gaskins and DeWitt Lewis, left Miami, Florida in an eighteen-foot outboard boat on April 16, 1973. They were on an overnight fishing trip to Marco Island. They never returned to shore and none of them have ever been heard from again.
The boat trailer was found at Captain's Landing Marina in the 1000 block of Bald Eagle Drive, on Marco Island, alone with the men's truck, a green 1969 Ford F100 with Florida license plates, but the boat itself was never located and neither were any of its passengers.
Another vessel, a 14-foot boat which carried Robert Stone of Fort Myers, Florida, disappeared at the same time; it's unclear whether it or Stone was ever located either.
Photographs and vital statistics for Lewis and Gaskins are unavailable. The disappearances remain unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Miami-Dade Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
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