Chris George and Tracy Ocasio Missing: Will New Witnesses Be The Tell Tale Heart To Find Them?

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Hearken! And Observe how healthily- how calmly I can tell you the whole story! -Poe


Chris gym shorts

The last verifiable interaction with Chris George was at approximately 6PM on February 11, 2009.

Apopka Police came upon Jimmy Hataway, Tyler Watters and Brandon Losik in the area of Ocoee Apopka rd emerging from the woods, with Chris’s white Xterra in full view from the road.

Watters and Hataway were cuffed at the scene and questioned separately for 6 hours.< ?xml:namespace prefix ="" o />

Their stories did not match.

The officers were satisfied. My manner had convinced them. I was singularly at ease. They sat, and while I answered cheerily, they chatted of familiar things. But, ere long, I felt myself getting pale and wished them gone.

Tyler Watters Account (Abridged):

Tyler Watters and cousins Hutto in Back - Copy

At about 1:30AM February 12, 2009, Chris drove into the woods off of < ?xml:namespace prefix ="" st1 />Ocoee Apopka Rd. He was high and the pair had been doing drugs earlier.

He ran out of the truck, yelling “If you wanna be a G you gotta roll like a G.” He said that Chris dropped his phone, his keys, the pair stopped for a second to look on the ground for it and then Chris kept running.

Tyler said he ran after Chris until the area got marshy, he stopped, turned around and started walking back to the truck.  He said he could not find the keys or Chris’s phone, so he called a friend to pick him up. The girls at Sun Resorts had passed out early, they slept through the whole thing until morning when they dropped him and Jimmy off at the “wrecked truck” to look for Chris.

Jimmy Hataways Account (Abridged):

Hataway bong and chain

Tyler called him and told him that Chris wigged out and ran into the woods leaving him stranded.  He said he borrowed one of the girl’s vehicles to go pick Tyler up and the girls dropped them off the next morning at the truck to look for Chris. The girls crashed early and slept through the whole thing. The next day they packed snacks, waters and headed out into the woods to look for Chris. Next thing he knew, cops were on the side of the road.

There are several versions of these, but you get the idea. What is astounding to me is that these two were well aware there was a guard shack at the entrance of the park, and a closed circuit camera trained on cars entering and exiting. I guess they figured out they had some time before Apopka PD would learn that.

They were right.

They would not be questioned again for months. In fact, not until after May 28, 2009.


The Truth

Focusing specifically on the events of February 11, 2009 and Chris George’s arrivals and exits from Sun Resorts

Chris arrives at Sun Resorts about 2:15PM, leaves about 2:30PM with Jimmy Hataway.

According to Hataway, Chris leaves him at a location of a person he did not know for about 3 hours. They are back at the park at 5:10PM.

The group hangs out together for about 30 minutes and Tyler Watters asks Chris if he would take him to his grandmother’s house for a change of clothes if he pays him $20 for gas. Chris’s truck pulls out of Sun Resorts at 5:40PM.

At approximately 10PM, Watters calls one of the female residents of Lot #269 announcing Chris left him stranded in the woods and he needed a ride. He said he had been walking a while, and would be on Keene Rd. Hataway and the girls picked him up a few minutes later on Keene.

Watters was wearing a white t-shirt and jeans without a smudge on him, not a burr or a scratch. It was not what he wore when he left and is presumed to be the “change of clothes” after showering at his grandmothers. His boots were not muddy and he was carrying the duffel bag he left with.

Rosemary Watters has been interviewed and stated that Tyler definitely was there and showered, however, she never saw Chris. She went on to say she was aware of the truck parked outside, but did not notice if someone was sitting in it.

After the foursome arrived back at Sun Resorts, Tyler made several calls discussing the incident with animated detail. Although he had his own phone, he was using one of the female witnesses, which again, LE was not aware of until months later.  

Within 15 minutes, Hataway and Watters requested the girls take them back out to the scene to look for Chris.

At this point, both the pickup of Watters and the drop off of both he and Hataway, occurred on Keene Rd.  At no time during either, was the White Xterra visible to anyone from the road and had been described as “deep in the woods” by Watters.

At approximately 11:30PM the truck was spotted pulling into the space at Lot 269 at Sun Resorts where it would remain until the next morning. 

The female witnesses, who had been visiting a relative of one of the women within the park; noticed upon their return to Lot #269 Chris George’s white Xterra was parked outside. Both heaved a sigh of relief.

As they bounded in the door to participate in the “crisis averted” celebration they expected to be walking into, they quickly learned that was not the case.

Upon the eighth night I was more than usually cautious in opening the door. A watch’s minute hand moves more quickly than did mine. Never before that night had I felt the extent of my own powers – of my sagacity.

If Chris truly was in the woods, Jimmy and Tyler just removed his only means to get out and the girls called them on it.

Hataway reasoned with them to think it through. “If” there was drugs or evidence of drug use in the vehicle, and it was found on the side of the road, Chris would be arrested as the owner and they would all be in trouble.  

Watters chimed in that Chris had called his Father to say he was fine, according to his brother, to put their collective minds at ease.

Chris George’s Father had been deceased for 11 years and he does not have a brother.

There were two voice mail messages received between the alleged “accident” and the return of the truck to the trailer, one from the girls, and one from Hataway:

..”Chris, this is (redacted). We are worried about you call us and tell us where you are and we will come get you. At least call and tell us your ok or whatever.

..Yo- This is Yarr.  We got your stuff and your bag. Call me. It’s Yarr..”

There was no message from Watters, and he must have not yet told the part of the story where Chris dropped his phone and could not find it to the rest of the group, rendering their messages useless.

Early the next morning, Hataway and Watters cleaned the vehicle.

Roof rack compartment xterra

The White Xterra Chris George leased to begin his mobile detailing business, was being detailed without him.

Jimmy removed a section of barbed wire from the front fender and he and Watters both checked the wheel wells and under carriage for what they said could be used for “stash”. Nothing was found.

At 7AM, after telling the girls they were going back to look for Chris, and would call for a ride once they put the truck back, Hataway and Watters left Sun Resorts.

After a few hours, when Watters did not answer the phone he was borrowing from one of the girls, they drove to the scene and saw nothing but a black sedan parked on the side of Keene Rd. Yes, you read that correctly. The female witnesses were told the car “wrecked” on Keene, when in fact, it was ultimately located on Ocoee Apopka Rd. 

Although it was clear the truck accident had been staged, including the placement of Chris George’s sunglasses in the grass outside the right front passenger door, the truck was not processed as a possible crime scene.  An accident report on the vehicle was filed by Apopka Police. 


According to sources within the investigation speaking to on the condition of anonymity, at the time Hataway and Watters were supposed to be putting the truck back in the early morning of February 12, 2009, they were spotted in Altamonte Springs, where it is believed Chris had been with Hataway the day before. 

Within 2 weeks of Chris’s disappearance, the last 4 people to see Chris George alive relocated to different areas of the state, except one: Jimmy Hataway.

The female witnesses, arguably the most critical to the investigation, were not interviewed.

I paced the floor to and fro with heavy strides, as if excited to fury by the observations of the men – but the noise steadily increased. Oh God! what could I do? I foamed – I raved – I swore! I swung the chair upon which I had been sitting, and grated it upon the boards, but the noise arose over all and continually increased.

One month later, In March, a friend of Jimmy Hataways who met him at Franks Place one evening says Hataway was “matter of fact” about the whole thing:

….” We were sitting at Frank’s and he points to this flyer on the bar, I did not know the dude or that Jimmy knew him either..

..” He pointed to it, and said that’s my buddy that was tweaked one night and ran into the woods.. He was yelling that the Mexican Mafia was after him.”

When I asked him if he felt Jimmy was lying, he replied:

..That’s just it, you could never tell with him. I have no idea. When we were kids I saw him lie about anything and people believed him.”

On the evening of April 14, 2009, Chris had been missing for 2 months.

Tracy aqua turtleneck


On the evening of April 14, 2009 Tracy Ocasio may have unwittingly sealed a similar fate.

Located in Metro West, The Tap Room  was a favorite night spot for Tracy Ocasio and friends.

On the evening of April 14, Tracy Ocasio and Chris George began their single degree of separation: Paul Adam Hutto.


In Tracy’s own words:



Up until the above image of a post drafted by Tracy Ocasio herself and obtained exclusively by, Ocoee PD has been adamant that there were 2 separate incidents at the Tap Room, involving Tracy Ocasio,  Paul Hutto and an as yet un-named blonde woman believed to be Lori Coon Branic.

In other words, because Orlando Police Department believed they were seperate incidents, there were no corroborating witnesses to back up Tracy’s police report, and as the only complaining witness listed, when Tracy went missing, they could not proceed with the charge against Hutto. Hutto faced probation/parole violation from the incident. 

I gasped for breath – and yet the officers heard it not. I talked more quickly – more vehemently; but the noise steadily increased.

Branic is the wife of Paul Branic, former Hutto business partner and former performer alongside Alicia Hutto at Lollipops Gentlemen’s Club in Daytona Beach.


While Tracy appears to be familiar with the group that she ran into that evening, she clearly only knew Paul Hutto by his first name, and had dated someone in their “circle” a few weeks before. It is believed that is who she is referring to as “moron” in her post.

Obtained exclusively by, the complete Police reports of the incident involving Tracy Ocasio, the evening of April 14, 2009, into the early morning hours of April 15, 2009.

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On April 17, it was alleged James Hataway punched a truck owned by a Donnaugh Robinson on AD Mimms Rd; he has since been acquitted of those charges. However, the incident occurred at a location Chris George visited the night before he disappeared. Hataway is pictured below at the municipal building answering the summons on April 19th.


On April 22nd Tracy Ocasio visited the Orlando Police Department to review a lineup and positively identified Paul Hutto as the man who shoved her to the ground outside The Tap Room at 12:30AM April 15th. She was adamant that she wished to press charges according to the reports.

On the initial officer’s statement, Paul Hutto was said to have left the scene with a friend driving a White Dodge Durango.  Lori Branic was issued a summons in January 2010 for failing to produce a driver’s license while driving a white 2004 Dodge Durango. The summons was satisfied after Ms. Branic produced her license a week later.

On May 26, 2009, Tracy Ocasio watched the Magic Game at the Tap Room.


According to early statements to police as well as mutual friends by Hataway, The Hutto brothers had attempted to watch THE MAGIC at the Tap Room earlier that evening, but had relocated to Gators when Paul was turned away because he was banned for the April incident.



There is an unknown witness apparently who claims to have not only been at The Tap Room that evening and Tracy Ocasio was the first person they saw.



On May 26, 2009, District Atty Patty White mailed a letter written May 22 to Tracy Ocasio asking her to verify charges for the second time. She never received it.

It was received by her parents, Joe and Liz Ocasio after she went missing from the Tap Room in the early morning hours of May 27.

Tracy and brother Joey O

On May 28 Tracy Ocasio’s bright yellow Chevy Cobalt was located on W Franklin St within 2 blocks of Hataway’s home with the front seats reclined.  Cadaver Dogs were deployed to the scene but did not “hit” on the car or anywhere near Hataway’s house.

Video of what was believed to be that of Tracy Ocasio in a light blue and white baseball hat, a sweatshirt and black heeled boots, leaving with an unidentified man was released. Kyle Coziel and Greg Toole, friends of Hataway and patrons of The Tap Room, identified him on the tape immediately.

Jimmy Hataway agreed to a voluntary search of the home on Lyle St in Ocoee he shared with his hearing impaired Father. He stated that he and Tracy hung out for a bit, and she left on her own. Hataway told his best friend he commonly referred to as his brother, Colt Hickox, that he took and passed a polygraph. Investigators refute that, going as far as stating that he “failed miserably.” 


Recent Developments involving two of Tracy’s friends possibly receiving text messages from her that evening saying “Gone to the Lake” could not be verified through cell phone records due to the length of time that has passed. However, two of her friends both agree it was sent either that evening, or the previous day.

When Hataway was interviewed, he told Ocoee Police they should be talking to Paul Hutto, the man who “attacked her at The Tap Room last month.” He also said that Hutto called him and told him if police asked him if he knew Ocasio, he was to deny it.  Both Paul and Jeremiah Hutto were questioned by detectives as a result, flatly denying they had anything to do with Ocasio’s disappearance. Although Paul Hutto had a solid alibis up till 2:30AM when Gators Bar closed, as an Ocoee detective was sitting across the bar from him waiting for a friend, both he and Jeremiah refused to take polygraph examinations.

It is not clear if Hataway also told Police at that time that he had been working for Hutto.    

Upon learning of Ms. Ocasio’s disappearance and the mutual acquaintances involved, Apopka PD renewed efforts to speak to Watters and Hataway in regards to Chris George’s disappearance. Although the White Nissan Xterra that belonged to Chris was now released to new owners, Apopka PD impounded the vehicle briefly for further processing . The results of that examination are being withheld for investigative reasons.

FDLE agents, at the request of Apopka PD, finally interviewed the female residents/witnesses from Sun Resorts in June, 2009.

And it was the mournful influence of the unperceived shadow that caused him to feel – although he neither saw nor heard – to feel the presence of my head within the room.

While it has been confirmed through those interviews that Hataway was not present when Chris George went missing, police believe he was part of a “set-up” regarding his disappearance and presumed murder. He is the only named suspect to date in the disappearance of Tracy Ocasio and is currently awaiting trial next week for the attempted murder of Casselberry woman Rachael Clark. On December 8, 2010 a previously continued docket sounding will be held in Seminole County to schedule trial, and possibly to entertain any last minute plea offers. Mr. Hataway is represented by Public Defender Leukel.

Tyler Watters is on bond awaiting trial for charges for trafficking in over 4 grams of heroin, and recently hired private counsel Victor Mead. His next hearing is scheduled for February 2, 2011.


Paul Hutto is pending driver license suspension for non-payment of a careless driving and non-wear of seatbelt charge from September 2010. He has not been charged with the assault on Tracy Ocasio as the charge pending at the time of her disappearance did not have a “corroborating witness”.

Unknown Hutto

Anthony Zedde, president of Anthony Zedde’s Lake Clearing Services, who is believed to be the former employer of Jeremiah and Paul Hutto,  is on bond awaiting trial for trafficking in dillaud and has entered a no contest plea for trafficking in heroin. His current docket shows a capias was issued on November 17, 2010 on the substance offense felony, for which he is due in court this Thursday December 2, 2010.


Last week, the parents of Tracy Ocasio and a Tampa news station received a letter from a man claiming to be the former boyfriend of the Mother of Jimmy Hataway’s daughter, Amanda Case.


Adam Craig, who dated Case briefly in 2007 and claims to have met Hataway, produced a letter and map of 2 locations where he states that Case told him 3 bodies of individuals, in which she participated in their murders, would be located.

Adam Craig

An Ocoee detective was dispatched to Craig’s Lakeland residence and while the claims appear to be largely discounted, they remain under investigation at the time of this publication.

Adam Craig is currently facing felony charges for allegedly running into a man with his vehicle, and has had prior drug convictions. According to his face book, the prosecution in his instant case has offered a plea deal of 6 years.

It is possible Mr. Craig may be attempting to affect his current criminal trial by alleging he has information in other cases. 

Now this is the point. You fancy me mad. Madmen know nothing. But you should have seen me. You should have seen how wisely I proceeded – with what caution – with what foresight


The investigations into the disappearance of Chris George and Tracy Ocasio are ongoing.

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  1. Roger Scheel says:

    I am truly looking forward to hearing that these families can start to mending their lives and broken hearts soon. I am also anxious to see justice served. I am impressed with Blink’s efforts and I applaud her! I also have children and I pray I will never have to feel the pain and angst that Rachel or Joe feel. However I am fully assured that if it were to happen that at least there are people like Blink who keep things on the move. I truly hope that this Chapter will be over soon and then we can move on to the Justice chapter. To all who know the fate of their loved ones my heart goes out to you and to those who don’t my heart and shoulder go out to you. Please know that if ever I could make your pain less or your day brighter I wouldn’t hesitate. This site has become my new first stop on my computer sessions. Hopefully we can all move on to brighter days.


    Thank you and welcome.

  2. ocoeeboy says:

    jimmy hataway is a scumbag, homosexual, drug addict, liar , and murderer…. i hope they fry him till hes a crispy critter.

    Well I dont know that you will get much argument on most of your points, but does this have to do with any recent arrests of folks close to him at one time?


  3. [...] February- “Onda” Chris George- featured in a cold case investigative report in November 2010, Chris was recovered on February 21, 2011 .  **Unresolved Possible Homicide [...]

  4. Blink says:


    I chose this thread and you know why.

    Today, you rest.

    You are just the neatest guy I never met, that never met his potential, and I thank you for trusting me.

    I thank you more for the introductions to the people that love you unconditionally. They never, ever accepted your trip into the “goodnight” and they put their lives on infinite hold to do right by you.

    What a gift.

    You were not here very long, and you had the devotion of your ladies that most do not see in a lifetime.

    I expect you to keep that with you in your unearthly endeavors.

    Love to you friend, your welcome, now go to work.


  5. lnyk says:

    The cricket angle would explain the weird rounded shape of the hat. A baseball cap worn backwards would look like a duck’s bill.

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