- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

GAINESVILLE, Va. — A visibly shaken Billy Hurley III announced Tuesday that his father, Willard Hurley Jr., has been missing since July 19 when he left his Leesburg, Virginia home with cash and clothes.

“It’s complete speculation as to why he left,” Hurley, 33, said at a press conference in advance of the Quicken Loans National. “He’s been married to my mom for 30-plus years. You know, they still live in the house that I grew up in in Leesburg.”

Hurley Jr., 61, served as a Leesburg police officer for roughly 25 years and works at the Reston Bible Church, according to his son, who grew up attending services at the church. He has no known history of mental health problems.

He also worked security detail at the Presidents Cup when it was hosted at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, which is where the Quicken Loans National will kick off on Wednesday.

Hurley, who learned of his father’s disappearance on Monday, still plans to compete in the event.

Leesburg police spokesman Lt. Jeffrey Dubé said that Hurley Jr’s disappearance was completely unexpected. The department later issued a press release asking for the public’s help in locating Hurley Jr., noting that his wife filed a missing persons report on Monday. Police have determined he purchased gas in Woodstock, Virginia after leaving his residence on July 19, and then stayed at a hotel in Texarkana, Texas on July 23.

A Navy graduate, Hurley characterized his current PGA Tour season as a disappointment. He has one top-10 tournament finish to go along with four top-25 finishes in 25 events, which is off pace from the strong season he had a year ago with four top-10 and five top-25 finishes in 26 events played.

Hurley hopes that his father will be following the Quicken Loans National and get his message in the course of reading the coverage.

“I’m just hoping that there’s a story, that maybe he goes to PGATour.com to check my tee time or check my score and sees this and understands that, ‘Dad, we love you and we want you to come home.’”

Hurley Jr. left his home July 19 in a dark green 1998 Ford F-150 with a cab cover on the back and Virginia license plate number YWH-5898. Those with information on his whereabouts are asked to contact the Leesburg police department.

• Dan Roth can be reached at droth@washingtontimes.com.

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