A MAN was found dead in upstate New York after going missing for nine years and changing his name.
According to NewsTimes, 59-year-old Robert Hoagland was discovered dead at a home in Rock Hill, New York, after going missing in Newtown, New Jersey, in 2013.
On July 29, 2013, the Newton Police Department was contacted to check on Hoagland after he failed to arrive at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City to pick up his wife.
He left valuable items at home, including his wallet, cell phone, and medication, according to police.
He was last seen on surveillance camera footage on July 28 at a gas station at 11 Church Road in Newton, where he used a credit card.
One month later and thereafter, Hoagland didn’t use the credit card once more and virtually disappeared.
Law enforcement also stated that they received some tips about Hoagland’s possible whereabouts in the time that followed, but nothing ever came to fruition.
Six months after his disappearance, a lieutenant with the Newton Police Department stated that Hoagland could “literally be anywhere.”
Hoagland’s case received widespread media attention in the years since, and it was even featured on a discovery episode of Disappeared in 2016 titled “A Family Man,” according to IMDb.
Although discovering Hoagland dead in a house in Rock Hill after all this time is likely to come as a surprise to the public and his family, the more surprising fact is that he had been living a completely different life under a different name.
Newtown Police Detective Lt. Liam Seabrook explained in a statement on December 7 that Hoagland had been living under the name Richard King.
“The detectives learned that Robert Hoagland had been living in Sullivan County since around November 2013 and was using the name, Richard King,” Seabrook said.
Hoagland’s death appears to be accidental, according to police, but his body has been taken to the medical examiner’s office for an autopsy.
Sullivan County law enforcement initially responded to a report of a man’s ‘untimely death’ in a house in Rock Hill, but immediately contacted Newton P.D. after discovering documents bearing Hoagland’s name.
Given the nature of Hoagland’s disappearance, Seabrook stated that they have no plans to release additional information.
“The police department does not intend to release any additional information because there was no criminal aspect to Robert Hoagland’s disappearance,” he said.
“The family requests that their privacy be respected during this difficult time,” Seabrook added.
Hoagland is survived by his wife and three sons.