William Thomas Purcell III
Purcell, approximately 2003
Date reported missing : 10/13/2003
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Lost/Injured Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 10/18/1964 (56)
Age at the time of disappearance: 38 years old
Height / Weight : 5'8, 165 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Purcell has a receding hairline and his hair was cut very short at the time of his disappearance. He has a gunshot wound scar on his right leg, a tattoo of a skull and a snake on his right bicep and a tattoo of a Harley-Davidson wings symbol on his left bicep.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Purcell was last seen in Wilmington, Delaware on October 13, 2003. Three witnesses saw him jump from the Delaware Memorial Bridge. He is presumed to have drowned, but his body was never located.
Other information and links : ncy
Delaware River and Bay Authority Police
September 2021 updates and sources
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