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Reward increased in death of Manatee educator

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Patrick Mullins worked as a media specialist at Palmetto High School. Patrick Mullins worked as a media specialist at Palmetto High School.
A reward is offered for information about Mullins. A reward is offered for information about Mullins.
PALMETTO, FL (WFLA) -

Back in February, the body of a Palmetto High school educator was found floating in the Manatee River.  

Pat Mullins died from a shotgun blast to the head, but investigators could not determine whether it was a homicide or suicide.

Related story: Family, community wants answers in school employee's death.

His wife is looking for answers, and is now offering a big reward.

Together with the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, Jill Mullins is offering a $20,000 reward. And the sheriff's office has printed posters that will soon be going up all over the area.

There are a lot of questions behind his death, and she's hoping these posters can bring in some answers.

On January 27th, Pat Mullins, a family man and a Palmetto High School Educator, went out on the water and never returned.

The next day, his boat was adrift, and a massive search was underway.

On February 5th, family members learned of his fate. Mullins' body was spotted floating in the Manatee River, wrapped in rope, and tied to an anchor.

The Manatee County Sheriff's Office says Mullins died of a shotgun blast to the head. The manner of death was deemed 'undetermined'

His wife Jill Mullins said, "I have a mission. My mission is to find out who did this to Pat."

Jill Mullins firmly believes it was a homicide. She says a lot of evidence backs her up, and her husband would've never chosen to leave his family.

She said, "Our one son was in Afghanistan at the time. You wouldn't do that to your own child to mess up their mind while they're serving overseas."

Mullins says their other son is still in college.

She adds her husband was a role model to many children. He was in his 31st year of teaching and had influenced many lives.

She said many of his former students from years ago came to his funeral.

The Manatee County Sheriff's Office says this is still an active investigation. And Jill Mullins wants to help.

Starting on Thursday, she'll be putting up posters throughout the area announcing a $20,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest.

She was able to raise $10,000 and she says the sheriff's office provided the other half.

And she's hoping the posters can help bring closure.

Mullins said, "There's a goal here, I have to know what happened, and our children need it, the kids at Palmetto High. There are just too many people that are left in the lurch without any knowledge."

The posters will start going up on Thursday.

The new posters will be distributed to businesses in Palmetto, Bradenton and other locations in Manatee County.

The new poster urges anyone with information to contact the Manatee County Sheriff's Office at 941-747-3011 or Manatee County Crime Stoppers at 866-634-8477. Tips can also be emailed to PatMullinsMemorialFund@gmail.com'

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