Robert Lee Hourihan

Hourihan, circa 2011

  • Missing Since 04/08/2011
  • Missing From Palmyra, Virginia
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Sex Male
  • Race White
  • Age 33 years old
  • Height and Weight 5'8 - 5'11, 215 - 250 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description A work uniform consisting of navy blue pants, a plain gray pocket t-shirt, a brown work shirt with his nickname "Rob" stitched on it, and boots.
  • Medical Conditions Hourihan suffers from a serious heart condition requiring daily medication. If he misses even one dose, he will have symptoms including cold sweats, vomiting and a severe headache. His condition will become life-threatening if he goes a week without his medicine. Hourihan left his medicine behind and has never refilled his prescription.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian male. Blond hair, blue eyes. Hourihan has a beard. His nickname is Rob.

Details of Disappearance

Hourihan was last seen in Palmyra, Virginia on April 8, 2011. On the day of his disappearance he put on his work uniform and left at 6:30 a.m. as if to go to work at his electrician job in Richmond, Virginia. He wasn't scheduled to work that day, something his wife was unaware of.

Instead of going to work, Hourihan drove northwest on Route 53. He had breakfast at the E.W. Thomas Grocery Store in Palmyra at 8:00 a.m.; he had previously worked at the business and was well-known there as a result. This is the last time anyone saw him; he has never been heard from again.

On May 28, a month and a half after his disappearance, his white 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier with a vanity license plate reading "TARA MAE" was found parked on the edge of the parking lot of a Target store in La Plata, Maryland. Hourihan's valuable electrician's tools were still inside it and there was no evidence of a crime.

Hourihan had been married for nearly thirteen years prior to his disappearance, and has one child. His wife believes he was murdered, as she doesn't think he would have abandoned their daughter.

She doesn't believe he was being unfaithful or was involved with drugs, and describes their relationship as a close and loving one. She stated they don't know anyone in Maryland and she doesn't know why Hourihan might have traveled there. His case remains unsolved and foul play is suspected.

Investigating Agency

  • Fluvanna County Sheriff's Office 434-589-8211

Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated March 20, 2019; details of disappearance updated.