George Robert "Skip" Zelaya

DOB: May 22, 1943
Missing: January 13, 2005
Age Now: 61
Sex: Male
Race: White
Hair: Brown with gray at temples

Eyes: Brown
Height: 5'9"

Weight: 130 lbs
Missing From: Homosassa, FL

George was last seen at approximately 6:00pm at his residence in the vicinity of the 5700 block of S. Sea Otter Path in Homosassa, FL. His white, four door, 1988 Lincoln sedan was located the following day at a shopping center off of Hwy 19 in Homosassa, FL. He has a growth on his left pinky finger, and minor scars on hands and arms.

Current News

Joe Zelaya, "Uncle Sandy"  June 28, 1941 - December 4, 2006

With heavy hearts we would like to inform everyone here that Uncle Sandy "Joe", 65, passed away December 4, 2006 at 9:00 p.m. at a Hospice House in Lecanto , Florida .  He was Skip's only brother. 

He was born, Jose Santos Zelaya in San Diego , CA .  He moved to Crystal River, FL 17 years ago from Alexandria , VA.   He was a retired electrician.  He was a member of IBEW in Washington , D.C. , Local 26.  He enjoyed playing chess, cards and the computer.  Survivors include his missing brother, George R. Zelaya "Skip"; sister, Maria Papanicolas of LaPlata , MD ; four nieces Jennifer, Elizabeth, Kathleen and Susan; and four nephews, Michael, James, John and Nicky and close friend, Katy Winding of Homosassa , FL.

Private cremation arrangements under the direction of Strickland Funeral Home, Crystal River, FL.

His sister, Maria and her husband, Nick, and his nieces, Kathleen, Susan, and Elizabeth and his nephew, Michael were all there by his side when he passed.  He waited until we all got there.  We are so thankful for that.  He was our only uncle, who has been in our lives always - nothing but good times with him.  So now we have lost one of our advocates to find our father.  I told him, if he sees my dad up there, to please let us know.  

He had been so out of it, on morphine, that my aunt didn't think he would even know we were there, but as soon as we walked in his room he woke right up.  We all got to talk to him, although it was very difficult for him to talk. He died 2 hours after we arrived.  We got 1 hr in the hospital before they moved him to a Hospice home and he died 1 hr. after being there.  So now that he is in Heaven maybe he can help us more than ever in finding our father. 

God bless you, Uncle Sandy, may you rest in peace.

A Poem

I'm running out of places to go
Never will I give up on you, no
I feel your presence in all I do
My heart felt mission only to find you
I search in all the faces I see
A glimpse of you I desperately need
When I wake, I hide from the day
I find more strength as I kneel to pray
Most days I am consumed with fear
I find myself fighting back tears
I know your out there waiting for us
Our endless search the one thing I trust
I miss your smile, laughter and touch
Your loving innocence I miss so much
One day I hope our search will end
As we can bring you back home again

Written by:  M. Caison





Skip likes:
Watching football on TV - in particular the Washington Redskins
Budweiser beer (always uses a coolie cup)
OJ and rum on the rocks
Non-filter Camel cigarettes
Levi or Wrangler jeans
Plays card games on computer

Has a great sense of clean humor
Loves animals
Was always there for his children

Last seen wearing blue jeans, long sleeve dress shirt and work boots

Uses glasses for reading
Full set of dentures - no real teeth left
Gets cluster headaches every few years
Has gout in legs
Has a bad back
Works with his hands
Electrician by trade - all around handyman
Heritage: Greek & Spanish (cannot speak either)


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