On January 27th, 2013 at 1:00 PM, a missing person’s report was issued for Patrick Mullins, a 52-year-old white male, by his wife after he failed to return from taking his boat out.
Witnesses stated that Mr. Mullins was alone.
At 6:10 pm on January 27th, a witness reported seeing a boat matching the description of Mr. Mullin’s boat traveling from Terra Ceia Bay into Tampa Bay with a single occupant on board.
On January 28th, 2013 the US Coast Guard, the Florida Wildlife Commission, and Manatee County Sheriff’s marine unit began an extensive search and rescue operation to locate Mr. Mullins.
The boat was recovered on January 28th unoccupied. On February 5th, 2013 a fisherman found the body of Mr. Mullins in about three feet of water off Emerson Point.
His wife, Jill Mullins, hasn’t given up hope that someone will come forward and reminds the community that her husband’s case is still unsolved.
“Somebody somewhere knows what happened,” said Mullins in an interview, “I don’t feel that anybody is looking for answers.”
The manner of death has not been determined, although the cause of death was a gunshot to the head.
On November 1, 2022, Netflix’s Unsolved Mysteries’ new episode ‘Body In The Bay’ was released and takes a deep dive into Patrick’s case.
Patrick’s wife Jill, says it’s making a difference.
“The family, friends, and community are hoping to have a resolution to this case as a result of the spotlight being shined on it in international media,” said Jill. “Tips are coming in.”
If you have any information relating to Patrick Mullins’s death, you can submit a tip now at Unsolved.com/tips/.