Search continues for missing man

OKEECHOBEE — Area law enforcement has been combing the area around the 5700 block of N.E. 304th Street for a missing Osceola County man who was in that area fishing.

Michele Bell, public information officer for the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO), said Billy James ‘B.J.’ Herrin was last seen Friday, April 22, in that area of northern Okeechobee County. He was reported missing Monday, April 25.

Billy James ‘B.J.’ Herrin

Billy James ‘B.J.’ Herrin

OCSO deputies used all-terrain vehicles and the OCSO Posse Unit to search the area all day Monday, April 25. With the help of the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) the search continued Tuesday.

Mrs. Bell said a 5-mile radius has been scoured.

“At this time, there is no reason to believe there was foul play involved in his disappearance,” Mrs. Bell added.

She said Herrin, 36, was in Okeechobee County with friends to do some fishing in that area of the county.

According to Mrs. Bell, Herrin lost his cell phone so he and his friends returned to the area where they were fishing to look for it but they didn’t find it. Herrin then went back again to search for the phone, and he’s not been heard from since.

Herrin had no known health issues, Mrs. Bell pointed out.

Herrin is a white male standing 6-foot-2-inches tall and weighing 260 pounds. When last seen he was wearing shorts, the color of which is not known, and a white shirt.

If you have any information regarding Herrin’s whereabouts, you are asked to contact Detective Mark Shireman at 863-763-3117, ext. 5113.

Mrs. Bell said Herrin is a registered sex offender living in Osceola County.

Eric Kopp is a staff writer for the Okeechobee News

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