Family, friends organize search for missing motorcyclist

Manatee County

Family and friends worried sick over a missing motorcyclist led a search for him that spanned counties Friday. 

Those who have been working nonstop to find Jimmy Butler me at Summerfield Community Park in Lakewood Ranch Friday morning before starting the search. 

The group of family and friends joined hands in prayer before getting started. 

“I’m going to find him. We’re going to find him. We’re not going to stop,” said Jimmy’s girlfriend Katie Ayers.

“It’s been surreal. I’m in a fog right now. I forget to sleep, I forget to eat. I can’t think,” said Jimmy’s dad Reid Butler. 

Jimmy and Ayers were at a biker event in St. Pete Beach Sunday morning and then went to the Mermaid Club. 

Ayers said that, after a few drinks, she tried to convince Jimmy to get in her car but he decided to ride his white Honda motorcycle home instead. 

That was the last time she said she saw him.

“I got back home, I got in bed, I went to sleep and at 7 o’clock in the morning I woke up, I had no boyfriend and I had no motorcycle,” Ayers said. 

Ayers and Jimmy’s mother Jennifer Butler said this is very much out of the norm.

“His daughter needs him. We all need him. We love him so much,” Jennifer said. “I want my son home. Something is very very wrong. This is so out of character for him.”

Some fear the worst as they hang missing person flyers and organize search parties. 

“I don’t think you can prepare yourself for the knock on the door,” Ayers said. 

Pinellas County deputies have been retracing his route, checking ditches and wooded areas but still nothing. 

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