Friday, December 15, 2017
Public safety

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.

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