Remains found in Bonita identified as missing waiter

Timothy “Tim” Alston Twilley

Timothy “Tim” Alston Twilley

— The Lee County Sheriff’s Office identified the remains found in Bonita Springs last week as those of a waiter who disappeared months ago.

Timothy “Tim” Alston Twilley, 46, of Bonita Springs, was positively identified by the Sheriff’s Office through dental records.

Twilley, who is an insulin-dependent diabetic, was missing for almost three months, family members said. His remains were found in a wooded area off Old 41 Road near the Collier-Lee county line on May 9.

The Sheriff’s Office confirmed a missing person’s report was filed in April. In the report filed by Twilley’s sister, Cindy, she said she hadn’t seen him since Feb. 26 — 12 days after his birthday.

Cindy Twilley said deputies came to her door last Wednesday night saying they believe they found her brother. Dental records came back positive on Tuesday.

Cindy Twilley said they were hoping to keep the information under wraps so Mother’s Day wouldn’t be marred for their 82-year-old mother by the news of her son’s death.

“We didn’t want her to know,” Cindy Twilley said. “We’re just trying to take it day by day.”

Tim Twilley had a history of drug abuse, according to Sheriff’s Office records, including possession of oxycodone and multiple DUIs. He also was arrested in Palm Beach County for probation violation.

Susan Alderman, a family friend, described Twilley as a nice guy, great with kids, but dealing with a difficult past. He was working as a waiter at Mel’s Diner in Bonita Springs.

“He had a drug problem in the past,” Alderman said. “But he was doing real well for a while, living with Cindy, working and off drugs.”

Family members and friends thought Twilley met some friends and continued celebrating his birthday, Alderman said. After a month went by and Cindy Twilley learned her brother’s friend transferred the title of her brother’s 1978 Harley-Davidson motorcycle into his name, she grew suspicious, according to the missing persons report.

Even though Cindy Twilley knew her brother had a drug problem and would sometimes leave for a little while, she filed the missing person’s report fearing the worst, Alderman said. The Sheriff’s Office said the death did not seem suspicious and ruled out foul play.

Twilley hadn’t picked up his insulin dose in weeks, family and friends said.

The family has been out to the site and laid flowers. A memorial service is being planned.

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savethewhalz writes:

The insulin dependent diabetic veteran was found dead in a wooded area. No foul play suspected. Forensic dental records needed to identify the remains. Now NDN reminds us that Tim was a druggie and maybe stole a Harley. This article is no more than a cruel obituary. On the positive, it's free for the family.

RottenTomato writes:

Or it could be another victim of the serial killer who has been stalking this area for decades, covered by our local police. Just like the Fort Meyer's 8 and the bodies found out by Walmart. Also the one a few months back off Radio Road.

alexia6ciula writes:

in response to RottenTomato:

Or it could be another victim of the serial killer who has been stalking this area for decades, covered by our local police. Just like the Fort Meyer's 8 and the bodies found out by Walmart. Also the one a few months back off Radio Road.

I know the serial killer name : DRUGS!!

NDNisLame writes:

in response to savethewhalz:

The insulin dependent diabetic veteran was found dead in a wooded area. No foul play suspected. Forensic dental records needed to identify the remains. Now NDN reminds us that Tim was a druggie and maybe stole a Harley. This article is no more than a cruel obituary. On the positive, it's free for the family.

Not quite sure where you get he stole a harley....

savethewhalz writes:

in response to NDNisLame:

Not quite sure where you get he stole a harley....

You're correct. I misread. Thanks NDSisLame. The gist of my comment remains. A cruel obituary.

ResidentofNaples writes:

No foul play ?? Why did the friend transfer the title, unless he knew the man was dead ??

victor66 writes:

This is the second time I read this story and it keeps changing.Not surprising,NDN does it again.I'll check the other media to get the facts!

wonderful (Inactive) writes:

Howard Twilley was a great wIde receiver for the Maimi Dolpins when they had a team!

RIP!

HAP writes:

So sad. If they knew he was missing, why didn't they release his photo? or contact the media? Don't ever go missing, or you will be forgotten forever.

prplgds writes:

in response to alexia6ciula:

I know the serial killer name : DRUGS!!

That's why his so called 'friend' transferred ownership of his Harley. Might have to agree with RottenTomato on this one.

blefebvre writes:

in response to savethewhalz:

The insulin dependent diabetic veteran was found dead in a wooded area. No foul play suspected. Forensic dental records needed to identify the remains. Now NDN reminds us that Tim was a druggie and maybe stole a Harley. This article is no more than a cruel obituary. On the positive, it's free for the family.

The article did NOT say that he stole a Harley. The Harley belonged to him and apparently after he went missing a friend of his transferred the title (why would a friend do that?) Then his sister became suspicious as her brother was missing and a friend now had his motorcycle, she then filed a missing persons report.

blefebvre writes:

What bothers me is NDN allowed comments on this and other sad stories where someone lost their life and yet they disable comments on the article "Naples women yearned for a child — and suddenly they had four" which featured same sex partners. The logic is twisted! Anyway, this man was loved by his family and made mistakes in his life (we all make mistakes) and died tragically. My condolences to his family and friends.

mr_1_term_proposition writes:

in response to blefebvre:

What bothers me is NDN allowed comments on this and other sad stories where someone lost their life and yet they disable comments on the article "Naples women yearned for a child — and suddenly they had four" which featured same sex partners. The logic is twisted! Anyway, this man was loved by his family and made mistakes in his life (we all make mistakes) and died tragically. My condolences to his family and friends.

If you don't like the comments don't read them, it IS that simple. Dam you left wing sheep are s-----.

redhead179374 writes:

I knew Tim, He was a great person from which I knew!!! I lost contact with him, but I am so sorry that the DRUGS got a hold of his soul!!! I send out condolences to his family!!! RIP Tim!!

AssyMcGee writes:

Veteran ?? Was this man a veteran of our armed forces ??

felipe writes:

my prayers go out to his family !!! may he rest in peace !!!

felipe writes:

the part about his friend transferring the guys motorcycle into his name is a little confusing , my only question is , did he have proof of ownership to be able to do that ?

Max_Headroom writes:

in response to wonderful:

Howard Twilley was a great wIde receiver for the Maimi Dolpins when they had a team!

RIP!

Besides 40 years ago, when did Miami ever have a good team?

garyOfTheGulf writes:

How did he get out there in the middle of nowhere? Vehicle?

blefebvre writes:

in response to mr_1_term_proposition:

If you don't like the comments don't read them, it IS that simple. Dam you left wing sheep are s-----.

No you are the uneducated one. Free speech should be allowed on all articles not the ones NDN deem touchy subjects. Your comment is laughable!

BucFan writes:

in response to ResidentofNaples:

No foul play ?? Why did the friend transfer the title, unless he knew the man was dead ??

Good question!

SandnSurf writes:

I have to agree with some of you on the transfer of the motorcycle title. Something stinks in Denmark.

Conflict_Resolution writes:

in response to mr_1_term_proposition:

If you don't like the comments don't read them, it IS that simple. Dam you left wing sheep are s-----.

Exactly, no one is forcing you to read the comments.

johnnybegood writes:

RIP! Mr. Twilley

methadont writes:

By ruled out foul play do they really mean they can't get any evidence of anything b/c the remains are too far gone? I just can't figure out any way that this ISN'T suspicious, is all. Hiding in the woods waiting to die is not a symptom of drug addiction or diabetes, so I'm not buying either of those as relevant facts. I hope this is just a poorly put together article and not the actual totality of the investigation.

Jarvis (Inactive) writes:

"Friend" transferred title of Harley to his name? Unless the poor deceased was able to sign the title, it sounds like fraud or perhaps even worse.

redhead179374 writes:

When is the funeral??? Been looking for the obituary??

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