Victor Marquis Cooper

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Above Images: Cooper, circa 2009

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: March 1, 2009 from Clearwater, Florida
  • Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
  • Date of Birth: March 11, 1982
  • Age: 26 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'3, 213 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes. Cooper goes by his middle name, Marquis, and most accounts refer to him by that name. He has a scar on his face and tattoos on both arms.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Cooper 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, William Bleakley 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.

    Cooper is originally from Gilbert, Arizona. He got a degree in sociology from the University of Washington. After college he became a professional football player. He played for the Oakland Raiders at the time of his disappearance. His body has never been found.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Clearwater Police Department
    727-562-4080

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    Source Information
    Florida Department of Law Enforcement
    The Seattle Times
    CNN

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    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated November 2, 2010; casefile added.

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