PALMETTO, Fla. (WWSB) - It’s been nearly seven years since 52-year-old Patrick Mullins was found dead and his family is still looking for answers over what happened to their loved one.
If you’re headed to the fair you might see posters asking for information about the 2013 death of Mullins. His wife, Jill Mullins, hasn’t given up hope that someone will come forward and uses the annual Manatee County Fair to remind the community the case is still unsolved.
“Somebody somewhere knows what happened,” said Mullins.
Her husband went missing after a boat ride in January 27, 2013.
"As time wore on the boat was found," said Mullins.
Without Pat inside of it. It wasn’t until nine days after his disappearance that somebody found him dead in three feet of water. Patrick had an anchor tied to his waist and a gunshot wound to the head.
“I don’t feel that anybody is looking for answers,” said Mullins.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement classified the case as a homicide after Patrick’s death was initially labeled as “undetermined” for years. Mullins’ feels like the case has now stalled.
Deputies at the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office say they haven’t received a tip in Patrick’s case in years, but the sheriff’s office communications specialist says detectives have never given up on the case.
"I really would like an answer for my children," said Mullins.
As she continues to do her part in the quest for answers in her husband’s case the file sits unsolved waiting for someone to come forward. She is offering an up to a $20,000 reward for anyone that has information that can lead to an arrest.
Mullins is hopeful someone will come forward. She says at this point she’s desperate and hopes her signs posted all over the fairgrounds will bring a break in the case.
Maybe this year will be the last year she’ll have staple posters around town. If you have any information, call the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office at 941-747-3011.