Father of Golfer Billy Hurley III Takes Own Life in Virginia

The father of PGA Tour golfer Billy Hurley III died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

In July, 61-year-old Willard Hurley Jr. went missing for more than two weeks before being found in Texas.

Billy Hurley announced his father's death in a statement from his management company Thursday. According to the statement, Hurley killed himself Wednesday in Virginia. A statement from Reston Bible Church in Reston, Virginia, also confirmed his death.

Two weeks ago during a golf tournament, Billy Hurley made an emotional plea for help finding his father, announcing that he had been missing since July 19. Willard Hurley was later found at a public library in Texas, watching his son play golf on a computer. He told police only that he had been traveling.

Willard Hurley lived in Leesburg, Virginia, where the younger Hurley grew up.

Billy Hurley said his father worked as a police officer in the area for a quarter-century. He was married for more than 30 years. Hurley said during his father's disppearance that his father had no history of mental health problems.

Billy Hurley is with his family in Leesburg.

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