Hillsborough County deputies search for fisherman last seen Saturday

Photo of Eugene Wilson provided by family

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to search for a man who went missing Saturday night while fishing in the Bypass Canal.

Eugene Wilson was last seen when he was dropped off by a family member at the dock around 8 p.m. Saturday night. 

Photo of Eugene Wilson provided by family

Around 4 a.m. Sunday, deputies were dispatched to the area of U.S. 301 and Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard after relatives said they were unable to get in touch with him. There, they spotted a capsized boat in the canal and fishing gear nearby – but there was no sign of Wilson.

Deputies say, at this point, they do not suspect foul play. 

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"An extensive search is underway to try and find this fisherman who went out for the evening, as his family says he normally does," Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a statement. "We can only imagine the family's anguish as they wait for answers."

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 813-247-8200.