Manatee County Gym Teacher Found Dead

Manatee County Gym Teacher Found Dead

manatee county gym teacher found dead – MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. — A 39-year-old Bradenton gym teacher was found dead Sunday morning after being missing for a week, according to an update from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said Justin Darr was found not far from his home in Parrish. The cause of death is still unknown.

Darr was a physical education teacher at Gilbert W. McNeal Elementary School, authorities said. He had been with Manatee County Public Schools district for 15 years.

Darr’s family noticed his disappearance after he hadn’t been in touch with family for several days, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

His home on Cottage Hill Avenue in Parrish was found empty, and his pets appeared as though they hadn’t been cared for in some time, according to deputies. Darr’s family believes he may be in some sort of trouble.

Detectives are still investigating.

Missing Manatee County gym teacher

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. — Search efforts are ongoing to locate 39-year-old Justin Darr, a physical education teacher at Gilbert W. McNeal Elementary School, authorities said.

Darr, who’s been with the Manatee County Public Schools district for 15 years, hadn’t been in touch with family for several days, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

A district spokesperson confirmed, in addition to his tenure with the district, that his mother contacted the school to let them know he was missing.

His home on Cottage Hill Avenue in Parrish was empty, and his pets appeared as though they hadn’t been cared for in some time, according to deputies. Darr’s family believes he may be in some sort of trouble.

His vehicle remained at home, as well, deputies said.

“Family members say is extremely out of character for him to disappearance [sic],” said the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office in a statement issued Tuesday.

Darr is 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs 205 pounds.

manatee county gym teacher found dead

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. — Crisis counselors will be available Tuesday for students and staff members at Gilbert W. McNeal Elementary School following the death of its physical education teacher, Justin Darr.

The 39-year-old was found dead Sunday not far from his home in Parrish nearly a week after he was reported missing, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

According to an update from over the weekend, it’s not yet known how Darr passed away. An investigation is ongoing.

He was a favorite among students and staff at the school, principal Sheila Wade wrote in a message to the community. Anyone who would like to speak with a crisis counselor can do so when school resumes Tuesday, she added.

“Our prayers and thoughts are with Coach Darr’s family and loved ones during these difficult days,” Wade wrote.

Darr had been with Manatee County Public Schools district for 15 years.

His family noticed his disappearance after he hadn’t been in touch with them for several days, according to an earlier sheriff’s office news release.

His home on Cottage Hill Avenue in Parrish was found empty, and his pets appeared as though they hadn’t been cared for in some time, according to deputies.

Anyone experiencing a mental health crisis is urged to reach out for help. You can contact the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay at 211 or call 911.


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