William Henry Forshee Sr.

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Above: William, circa 1973

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: April 16, 1973 from Miami, Florida
  • Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
  • Date of Birth: September 7, 1925
  • Age: 47 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'9, 185 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes. William is bald and may have a mustache. His right eye is missing. As the result of an accident, his right leg is one and one-quarter inches shorter than his left leg.
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    Details of Disappearance

    William, his son William Jr., and two other African-American men, Minni Gaskins and DeWitt Lewis, left Miami, Florida in an eighteen-foot outboard boat on April 16, 1973. They were on an overnight fishing trip to Marco Island. They never returned to shore and none of them have ever been heard from again. The boat was eventually located, but an extensive search turned up no sign of any of its passengers. Another vessel, a 14-foot boat which carried Robert Stone of Fort Myers, Florida, disappeared at the same time; it's unclear whether it or Myers was ever located either.

    Photographs and vital statistics for Lewis and Gaskins are unavailable.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Miami-Dade Police Department
    305-418-7284

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    Source Information
    NamUs
    The St. Petersburg Times
    Florida Department of Law Enforcement
    Florida Today

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    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated March 9, 2016; details of disappearance updated.

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