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Bradenton man missing; boat found near Egmont Key

Tribune staff
Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 10:56 AM

A boat belonging to a Bradenton man was located Monday at the mouth of Tampa Bay a day after he was reported missing by his wife, officials said.

Patrick Mullins, the media specialist at Palmetto High School, was reported missing by his wife, who arrived at their home about 7 p.m. Sunday, deputies said. His 16-foot Stumpknocker was also missing.

She contacted Mullins' brother, who made an unsuccessful attempt to locate him, deputies said. Mullins' wife then called the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Mullins' unoccupied boat was found Monday morning near Egmont Key at the mouth of Tampa Bay deputies said.

His colleagues at Palmetto High are concerned for his welfare.

"As the media specialist at Palmetto High School, Patrick Mullins is a vital and important member of our school community. All of our thoughts and prayers are with Patrick and his family during this difficult time and we hope the best for his safe and speedy return," said Willie Clark, principal of Palmetto High School.

A search for Mullins continues.

Anyone with information was asked to call deputies at (941) 747-3011, Ext. 2260 or 2274.

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