Willis, approximately 1997
Date reported missing : 05/29/1997
Missing location (approx) :
Santa Cruz County, California
Missing classification : Lost/Injured Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 05/30/1955 (66)
Age at the time of disappearance: 41 years old
Height / Weight : 5'5, 140 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A blue t-shirt, blue pants and a blue hat.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Willis was last seen in Santa Cruz County, California on May 29, 1997, the day before his 42nd birthday. He was fishing on a twenty-foot cliff off West Cliff Drive with his cousin and a friend, when he was swept off by an ocean wave and pulled underwater.
Rescuers looked for five hours and twice they saw Willis's body in the water, but they were unable to retrieve him and he disappeared. He is presumed drowned.
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Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department
September 2021 updates and sources
California Attorney General's Office
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October 12, 2004. March 14, 2019; Description, clothing, jewerly and more : and Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.
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