James S. Ruland

Ruland, circa 1995

  • Missing Since 10/24/1995
  • Missing From Ripon, Wisconsin
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Sex Male
  • Race White
  • Date of Birth 06/23/1955 (65)
  • Age 40 years old
  • Height and Weight 6'0, 160 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes. Ruland had a mustache at the time of his disappearance. He wears silver wire-rimmed eyeglasses and has a plate implanted in the back of his head. Some agencies spell his last name "Ruhland."

Details of Disappearance

Ruland was last seen in Ripon, Wisconsin on October 24, 1995. He has never been heard from again. Several weeks later, his vehicle was found abandoned in the parking lot of the Stretch Truck Stop in the 500 block of east Pioneer Road in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. There was no sign of Ruland at the scene.

Ruland's former roommate is considered a possible suspect in his disappearance. Police searched the man's pig farm in 1997, but could not find sufficient evidence to charge him.

In 2000, the message "James Ruland lies here" was found written on a bathtub in a house where Ruland once lived. Authorities investigated the writing but concluded it was a joke.

Ruland's case remains unsolved.

Investigating Agency

  • Fond du Lac Sheriff's Department 920-929-3390

Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated March 9, 2009; details of disappearance updated.