TAMPA, Fla. — The family of a missing Bay Area man is pleading with the public to help find him.
- 27-year-old Jimmy Butler missing since Sunday, family says
- Family says his motorcycle may be a clue in search for Butler
- Family has set up a Facebook page where people can submit tips
Twenty-seven-year-old Jimmy Butler hasn’t been heard from since early Sunday morning, according to his family.
His girlfriend, Katie Ayers, said after a few drinks at Mermaids Gentlemen’s Club on S. Pete Beach.She tried to convince Butler not to drive away on his white 2002 Honda F-41 motorcycle. When he insisted on driving, she said they drove different routes back home to Lakewood Ranch.
“I just track him on his location,” Ayers said. “We have IPhone to IPhone, and I’m seeing him coming down Gulf Boulevard, and I’m like he’s fine.”
She said Butler took off down Gulf Boulevard and hasn’t been heard from since. Now nearly a week after his disappearance, it’s the same place Ayers says they’ve been looking, on foot, and by helicopter. She said they’re considering all possibilities.
“I’ve thought of that. I’ve looked on those turns. I’ve went on those possible roads. I went on those exits that are going northbound. I’ve done the southbound. I’ve done the dead ends. I’ve done the waterways, they gullys, the walking of the ditches,” she said.
Butler’s father Reid broke down in tears describing the last week searching for his son. He said the family hasn’t gotten much sleep, and they gave away their turkey and searched for his son on Thanksgiving.
He said he’s hoping someone has some answers and has a message for his son if he’s out there.
Butler’s family says he was on St. Pete Beach for Bike week. They think his bike may be a key clue in finding him — at least that’s what his father, girlfriend and a number of volunteers helping to search for him are hoping for.
“I’m determined. I’m going to figure out what happened to my boyfriend one way or another. This isn’t just going to go away,” Ayers said.
Butler hasn’t accessed his bank account, and his phone hasn’t been able to be tracked since Sunday, according to Ayers.
His father said the 27-year-old was doing well, had his own business, and was planning to get married.
The family plans to start their search again this weekend from the air and on the ground. They said they won’t stop until they find him.
The family has set up a Facebook page where people can submit tips or show their support. If you have any information in this case, you’re asked to contact the Pinellas County Sheriff’s office at 727-582-6200.