The 38-year-old had been staying at the Homewood Suites in Brandon, about 12 miles outside of Tampa, since Jan. 11, according to a press release from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff’s Office officials said they spoke to Jackson’s family members on February 10 after they called to report he was missing. A formal report was filed the following day.
Officials said last Friday they found Jackson at the Homewood Suites and spoke to him, according to the press release.
“After Jackson’s welfare assessment was made, the missing persons case was canceled,” the press release said.
Jackson was found dead by a housekeeper at 11:30 a.m. on Monday. There were no obvious signs of trauma.
Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the cause of death and officially identify Jackson’s remains from dental or DNA records, according to the press release.
“Mr. Jackson was a devoted man who put his family and community above all else,” Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a statement Monday. “He touched countless lives aside from football through his Jackson In Action 83 Foundation. We shared a passion for helping military families, and three years ago Jackson was even made an Honorary Representative by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office for his community service to be recognized. “
“He will be sorely missed not only by football fans across the country but also by the people here in Hillsborough County who have benefited from his generous contributions.”
Jackson played 12 seasons in the NFL
“Vincent was a fan favorite not only for his Pro Browl game on the field, but for the impact he had on the community,” the statement said. “The work he has done for military families through his founding in the years since his retirement has inspired us all.”
“Vincent was a dedicated father, husband, businessman, and philanthropist who made a profound impact on our community through his relentless advocacy for military families, supported by the Jackson in Action 83 Foundation,” the statement said.
CNN’s Jill Martin contributed to this report.