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Golf star issues emotional plea for father’s return

Tuesday, Jul. 28 | By Staff
By Tara Slate Donaldson

Golf star Billy Hurley issued an emotional plea on Tuesday, asking anyone who's seen or heard from his Leesburg-resident father to help find him.

Hurley, speaking in Gainesville just before the Quicken Loans National golf tournament, said his father, Willard Hurley Jr. was last seen at his Leesburg home more than a week ago.

“My dad took some clothes, he took some cash, he got in his truck and no one's seen him since,” Hurley said.

That was nine days ago, he said.

Billy Hurley said his father has been married for 30 years, living in the same Leesburg home where Billy grew up. He works at Reston Bible Church and there was no reason to think he'd leave home.

“He's not mentally unstable. We have no idea why he left,” he said. “It's complete speculation to try to put a finger on that.”

Willard Hurley Jr. had been a police officer for 25 years and used to work security at the President's Cup tournament in Gainesville, his son said, crying as he spoke of his father.

Billy's mother has filed a police report but Billy said the family is hoping that someone who knows where his father is will see the story and press him to return.

He's also hoping that his dad will watch the Golf Channel or check online to see his scores from the tournament and will get the message.

“Dad, we love you and we want you to come home,” Hurley said.

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