GAINESVILLE, Va. – Willard Hurley Jr., the father of PGA Tour player Billy Hurley III, has been located in Texas the Leesburg (Va.) Police Department announced on Friday.
Willard Hurley, who has been missing since July 19, was located when a citizen recognized him from media reports and notified local law enforcement.
According to the release, Willard Hurley told Texas police that “he is fine physically and is simply travelling” and that he “did not wish to reveal the reasons behind his departure.”
Billy Hurley made an emotional plea on Tuesday to the media in an attempt to locate his father, who is a former Leesburg police officer.
“I just want to say thank you. We couldn't have done this, he wouldn't have been found without the help of the PGA Tour and the Golf Channel and the greater golf media and all the articles, all the TV spots that were run,” Hurley said after his round on Friday at the Quicken Loans National. “Thank you so much for helping us find my father.”
Hurley said he learned his father had been located following his second round at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club and that he was discovered while watching Hurley play this week’s event on a laptop in a public library.
Hurley also said no one from his family had spoken with his father nor did he know why he was in Texas.
“It's all speculation. At this point we're not going to speculate about what's going on,” Hurley said.