Rochester family asks for help finding missing family member in Florida

Jan. 29 — MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — At every family reunion, Bill Llewellyn makes his family smile.

He’s “upbeat, talkative, always loves to joke, have a good time, just a very family guy,” described his nephew Ben Tilson of Tilson Auto Repair in Rochester. Llewellyn disappeared while on vacation with his wife in Miami Beach. He suffers from early-onset dementia.

“He’s the life of the party. He’s Uncle Bill,” Tilson said. “Just one of those guys that you can have conversations with that last all day. He’s just a fun, upbeat guy.”

Llewellyn was last seen on January 23 around 4 p.m. in the 900 block of Ocean Drive in Miami Beach, Florida. He is described as a white man, 5 feet 4 inches tall and 140 pounds, with no hair and brown eyes. He is originally from Woodbury.

Tilson said the past week has been “devastating.” Their family is asking people in the South Miami Beach area to help them search. Tilson said that “that’s been the hardest thing, is just getting people in Miami to really share it and own it.” Family members from Minnesota are also searching the area.

“It’s scary,” Tilson said. “It’s just crazy. You read things like that and then it happens to your family, you feel so helpless.”

The Miami Beach Police Department is asking people to share any information by calling 305-673-7900.

“He is my uncle and we are praying for his safe return,” Michael Fox wrote on Facebook. “If anyone has anything, share it. He always likes to walk around just to look at houses and neighborhoods, so there’s a chance he walks around residential neighborhoods.”

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