A man whose disappearance was featured on a television series nearly a decade ago has been found dead – and with a new name.
Robert Hoagland was last seen at a gas station in Newtown, Connecticut, on the morning of July 28, 2013. The next day, he did not pick up a family member from the airport or go to work.
Police called for a welfare check found Hoagland’s wallet, phone, medicines and family car at his home, but he was nowhere to be seen.
The case remained open for years, as people reported possible sightings of Hoagland across the country. His high-profile disappearance made it into the Investigation Discovery TV series Disappeared.
On Monday, the New York State Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Newtown Police Department with news that they had responded to “an untimely death” of a man in Rock Hill. The man was not initially identified, but investigators soon found documents bearing Hoagland’s name.
Newtown police confirmed Hoagland’s identity on Tuesday. He was 59 years old.
Hoagland had been living in Sullivan County under a different name since about November 2013.
“It’s pretty confusing,” Christopher, Hoagland’s son, told NBC News Thursday. “We’re trying to deal with it now to be honest. I haven’t really figured out the details yet.’
Christopher, who lives in Minnesota, will meet his family in Connecticut or New York. They have no idea why Robert left his life in Connecticut.
There were no signs of foul play on Robert’s body, which has been taken to a coroner to perform an autopsy.
In addition, according to the police, there was “no criminal aspect” to Robert’s disappearance.
The episode Gone aired in 2016 featured the synopsis, “If Robert Hoagland doesn’t pick up his wife from the airport, she’ll go crazy.” His son tells the detectives that his father had run-ins with some shady men days earlier.
“Security cameras show him that he bought a card the day he disappeared, but everything he owns is still in his house. Why did Robert Hoagland disappear?’
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