Update: Missing man’s body recovered after long search

FWC and the Wewa Search and Rescue team are helping with recovery efforts.
FWC and the Wewa Search and Rescue team are helping with recovery efforts.(WJHG/WECP)
Published: Jan. 6, 2021 at 8:14 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 20, 2021 at 6:25 AM CST
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GULF COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The search for an elderly man who went missing along the Apalachicola River earlier this month has ended.

The Gulf County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday on Facebook that search crews recovered the body of 76-year-old William Davis Jr. He had been missing since January 4th after attempting to retrieve his boat that had floated away from his houseboat.

“His wife actually witnessed that portion of it. He got to the boat, was unable to actually lift himself up in it,” said Gulf County Sheriff Mike Harrison. “He struggled for a while and then went out of sight from her there.”

Friends and family say Davis was loved by everyone. He was a part of the search and rescue team and the Fire Chief at the Dalkeith Volunteer Fire Department.

“Mr. Bill was such a part of this community. He would’ve been standing right beside us right now in the search for a drowning victim,” said Harrison. “He was just a servant, willing to help people at any time.”

The GCSO Facebook post reads in part, “Our hearts go out to the Davis Family. Please continue to keep them in your prayers.”

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