Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Deputies find body of missing disabled man from Seminole

SEMINOLE — A disabled man who vanished last week after visiting the office of U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young was found dead Wednesday in the woods near the Seminole campus of St. Petersburg College, sheriff's officials said.

Robert Dulin, 58, went missing the morning of Dec. 4 after walking from his home at the Pine Tree Manor assisted living facility in Largo to the congressman's office at the Seminole Community Library.

He left the library shortly before 11 a.m. and was not seen again. An administrator at Pine Tree Manor later reported him missing.

Someone reported a foul odor coming from an 80-acre patch of woods north of the library just before 1 p.m. Wednesday, Pinellas County sheriff's officials said. Dulin's body was found in a subsequent aerial search of the area, a few hundred yards from where he was last seen. Deputies were investigating his death, which appeared to be the result of a medical problem, officials said.

"We're going to miss him very much," said Tom Dulin, his brother, who lived near the assisted living facility and helped care for him. "We're grateful for all the efforts the Sheriff's Office put out, and we're very grateful to the community."

Robert Dulin had been disabled since 1978 when he suffered severe brain damage in an auto accident, his family said.

An avid walker, he had ventured to the congressman's office to inquire about receiving veteran's benefits, the congressman's staff said.

He left after it was explained to him that he was ineligible for the benefits since he had never served in the military.

Deputies find body of missing disabled man from Seminole 12/12/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 10:38pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Muslim faith greater than fear for Wharton's Rania Samhouri (w/video)

    Tranckandfieldpreps

    TAMPA — Rania Samhouri graduated Monday night from Wharton High School, and many times throughout the ceremony she flashed back to a moment that changed her life.

     Rania Samhouri stretches after track practice on Monday April 24, 2017 at Wharton High School in Tampa, Florida. Rania, who is Muslim, recently started wearing her hijab during track competitions. She graduates from Wharton this year and will attend University of South Florida on scholarship next year.
  2. Deputies seek two men in attempted armed home invasion robbery in Seminole

    Crime

    Detectives are searching for two men they say broke into a home in Seminole Thursday night in an attempted armed robbery.

  3. Forecast: A sunny, dry Memorial Day weekend ahead in Tampa Bay

    Weather

    Tampa Bay residents can expect to see a sunny, rain-free Memorial Day weekend with clear skies and temperatures hovering in the upper 80s and low 90s.

    Tampa Bay's 7 day forecast. [WTSP]
  4. Man dies after he was found in Largo motel parking lot shot multiple times

    Crime

    Detectives from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred overnight in the parking lot of a motel in Largo.

  5. Florida education news: Sales tax, school buses, a Civil War prop and more

    Blogs

    BACK-TO-SCHOOL: Gov. Rick Scott authorizes a three-day sales tax holiday for back-to-school shopping.