William Harry Hollingsworth
Hollingsworth, approximately 1981
Date reported missing : 11/12/1981
Missing location (approx) :
Oak Island, North Carolina
Missing classification : Lost/Injured Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 11/15/1941 (79)
Age at the time of disappearance: 39 years old
Height / Weight : 6'1 - 6'4, 150 - 190 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes. Hollingsworth wears eyeglasses. He has a small cleft in his chin. His nickname is Bill.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Hollingsworth was last seen in Oak Island, North Carolina on November, 1981. He left the island in a twelve-foot canoe to set up gill nets in the Frying Pan Shoals area south of Bald Head Island. He got caught in a storm on the water and never returned. An extensive search turned up no sign of him, and he is presumed to have drowned.
Hollingsworth is a graduate of Concord High School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He owned the Shuford Insurance Age at the time of disappearance: ncy at the time of his disappearance.
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United States Coast Guard
September 2021 updates and sources
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