Miriam Ruth Hemphill

Above Images: Hemphill, circa 2005

  • Missing Since 07/22/2005
  • Missing From Oak Ridge, Tennessee
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. White hair. Hemphill goes by her middle name, Ruth, and some accounts refer to her by that name.

Details of Disappearance

Hemphill was last seen in Oak Ridge, Tennessee on July 22, 2005. She was driving a beige- or bronze-colored 1999 Buick LeSabre with the license plate number ABA-676. She has never been heard from again. The car disappeared with her and has not been recovered. Hemphill left behind a note for her husband which alluded to their daughter, who had committed suicide three months beforehand. She didn't take extra clothes with her and she had very little money, and there's been no activity on her bank accounts or credit cards since her disappearance.

Hemphill's husband has since moved out of the home they shared on Kingsley Road. He describes his wife a very social individual with an excellent memory. She was active in her church at the time of her disappearance, and enjoyed sports and bridge playing. Her disappearance remains unsolved.

Investigating Agency

  • Oak Ridge Police Department 865-425-4399 OR 865-425-3502

Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated March 8, 2011; picture added, details of disappearance updated.