A MAN who mysteriously disappeared more than nine years ago has been found dead in another state, apparently living under a different name.
Robert Hoagland, 59, was last seen on surveillance footage of gas stations on July 28, 2013.
The Connecticut resident failed to pick up his wife and son from the airport the next day, and his family called police.
Police found he had left valuable items at home, including his wallet, cell phone and medication, according to NewsTimes.
He had been seen using a credit card at the gas station at 11 Church Road in Newton, Connecticut, the previous day.
The card was never used again.
Law enforcement also noted that they received some tips about Hoagland’s possible whereabouts, but nothing ever came out.
Six months after the disappearance, a lieutenant from Newton PD remarked that Hoagland “could be literally anywhere.”
In the years that followed, Hoagland’s case received significant media attention, even being featured in a 2016 discovery episode of Disappeared entitled “A Family Man,” per IMDb.
Police were initially unable to identify Hoagland when the body was found.
However, they were able to find documents with his name that led them to the widely publicized missing persons case.
Newtown Police Detective Liam Seabrook claimed Hoagland had been living under the name Richard King for years.
“Detectives learned that Robert Hoagland had been a resident of Sullivan County and was using the name Richard King since approximately November 2013,” Seabrook said in a statement.
Police said Hoagland’s death showed no signs of foul play, but his remains were taken to the coroner’s office for an autopsy.
Sullivan County law enforcement initially responded to a report of a man’s “early death” at a home in Rock Hill, but immediately contacted the Newton PD after finding documents with Hoagland’s name.
Seabrook stated that given the nature of Hoagland’s disappearance, they have no intention of releasing any further information.
“Police do not intend to release any further information as there was no criminal aspect to Robert Hoagland’s disappearance,” he said.
“The family asks that their privacy be respected at this difficult time,” Seabrook continued.
Hoagland leaves behind his wife and three sons.
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https://www.the-sun.com/news/6864139/missing-man-robert-hoagland-found-dead/ Missing Robert Hoagland, 59, last seen at a gas station 9 years ago, found dead & alive under a different name