Out-of-state man last seen at Gandy Beach

- A 54-year-old man has been missing for more than a week after his service dog was found near the Gandy Bridge. 

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Joseph Phillips went to Gandy Beach with a group of friends on March 31. While there, he lost his cell phone and was left alone with his service dog, named “Trouble,” investigators said. On April 1, Trouble was found on the west end of the Gandy Bridge.

Phillips’ family and friends have been unable to find him or make contact with him, officials said. He was supposed to fly to his home state on April 6, but didn’t make the flight. He was last seen wearing a black shirt and a fedora. Officials did not disclose where he lives. 

Detectives said Phillips suffers from a medical condition, which requires him to take medication regularly. 

Anyone who has seen Phillips or his service dog between March 31 and April 1 in Gandy Beach is asked to contact Detective Anthony Scarpati at (727) 582-5808, or submit an anonymous tip through Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay at 1-800-873-8477. 

Up Next:

Up Next

  • Out-of-state man last seen at Gandy Beach
  • Ice skating returns at Tampa's Winter Village
  • Hernando deputies check 63 gas stations for skimmers
  • Plant City officers search for wanted man in deadly hit-and-run crash
  • Racing community remembers dragster after Sebring Raceway death
  • Man killed in Pinellas Park shooting
  • Deputies: Pasco teacher recorded student undressing
  • USF researchers explore caves to study sea level rise
  • Porch pirates already on the prowl for holiday packages
  • Identity still unknown of man hit, killed by car in St. Pete