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Detectives seek leads in year-old missing person’s case

By Staff | Apr 7, 2020

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help in trying to retrace the steps of a Bokeelia man who went missing more than a year ago.

Milton Crocker was reported missing by a long-time friend on Jan. 4, 2019. The friend stated that he hadn’t seen Crocker, who was then 67, for a few weeks but that earlier that day, Crocker had left a letter in his mailbox with instructions on how to handle his personal affairs, as well as a few hundred dollars cash, some lottery tickets and the keys to Crocker’s 2006 Chevrolet pick-up. Concerned for his safety, the friend immediately went to Crocker’s home, however the only thing he found was Crocker’s abandoned cell phone.

In the days that followed, multiple neighborhood canvasses took place near Crocker’s Thomas Street home on Bokeelia, as well as around several popular locations on the island, to no avail. On March 30, 2019, a more extensive search was conducted in and around Pine Island by the Sarasota Search and Rescue Team, however those efforts also yielded negative results.

Although Crocker has been in the national missing persons database since February 2019, there have been no financial or travel alerts on Crocker at all.

In hopes of finding him, or being able to provide answers to his family, detectives ask that anyone who knew Crocker and have seen him or heard from him at any point in the last year will share what they know. Anyone with information on the disappearance or whereabouts of Milton Crocker is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000. Tips may also be made online at www.southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com or by submitting a tip on the P3Tips mobile app .