William Ward Bleakley

Above: Bleakley, circa 2009


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: March 1, 2009 from Clearwater, Florida
  • Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
  • Date of Birth: November 20, 1983
  • Age: 25 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'3, 240 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Bleakley's nickname is Will.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Bleakley was last seen in Clearwater, Florida on March 1, 2009. He was on a 21-foot fishing boat off the Gulf Coast with three other men: Corey Smith, Victor Marquis Cooper and Nick Schuyler. When they didn't return, the Coast Guard launched a search. They found Schuyler at 1:35 a.m. on March 2, clinging to the side of the overturned boat. He was suffering the effects of hypothermia and dehydration. The other three men were missing. Schuyler stated they had disappeared one after another. An extensive search turned up no sign of Bleakley, Cooper or Smith. They are presumed to be lost at sea.

    Bleakley played football while attending the University of South Florida; he graduated in 2006. His body has never been found.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Clearwater Police Department


    Source Information
    Florida Department of Law Enforcement
    The University of South Florida Bulls


    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated November 2, 2010; casefile added.

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