Family cooks for reward to solve suspicious death

Four Mullins kids grew up loving the water, boating and life on Anna Maria Island in the 1960s and ’70s.

Pat Mullins never lost his love of the water. But on Jan. 27, he left home on the Braden River in his 16-foot boat and never returned.

In spite of an extensive search by law enforcement and the U.S. Coast Guard — and many friends who carried on their search for many days after law enforcement called off theirs — Mullins was not found until his body was brought ashore with the tide Feb. 5.

The family later learned the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office had rendered the case “inactive.” There were no definitive answers as to what happened after Mullins left home for a day on the water.

He was found bound and tied to an anchor line, and he had been shot with a shotgun. Although the boat was found, there was apparently no evidence and no gun aboard.

The family hopes that by offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person(s) responsible for his death, someone will come forward. Information is needed to piece together the events surrounding his disappearance and death.

To raise money for the reward, the Mullins family will host a fundraiser 1-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the King Ranch, 4630 Caruso Road, Bradenton.

The public is welcome to enjoy some great food, including pulled pork sandwiches and smoked mullet. There will be a silent auction, 50/50 raffles, live music and activities for children.

Donors can contribute to the fund at the event or send a check for the to “Mullins’ Reward Fund” to Mullins’ Reward Fund, 6611 Proctor Road, Sarasota FL 34241.

For more information on the event, call 941-720-7686. To report information about incidents related to Pat Mullins disappearance, email

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