Roy Jacob Hagel

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Above Images: Hagel, circa 1989


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: March 8, 1989 from Kingman, Arizona
  • Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
  • Date of Birth: June 7, 1950
  • Age: 38 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'11 - 6'0, 180 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Hagel develops a dark tan during the summer months and could be mistaken for Hispanic. He was a heavy smoker and alcohol drinker at the time of his disappearance. Hagel has a ring-shaped scar about the size of a half-dollar on his left temple, and a scar on his right wrist. Although he had no facial hair at the time of his disappearance, he has previously grown a heavy mustache.
  • Medical Conditions: Hagel may have been depressed and suicidal at the time of his disappearance.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Hagel resided in Fargo, North Dakota at the time of his disappearance, and was employed as a traveling salesman. He was last seen at a bowlng tournament in Fargo on February 26, 1989. After the tournament was over, he apparently traveled across the country for unknown reasons.

    Hagel called his ex-girlfriend on March 8, 1989. He told her he was in Kingman, Arizona. His ex-girlfriend stated he seemed depressed during the conversation and hinted he was feeling suicidal. He said he had only two hundred dollars with him and was going to go back home. He never returned to North Dakota and has never been heard from again. Hagel's blue Ford Tempo was located in a desolate area off the road near the Death Valley National Monument in California on March 10. His belongings were inside the vehicle. Police followed Hagel's footprints for several miles away from his abandoned vehicle, but eventually lost the trail. He has never been located. The Death Valley area is known for its mysterious disappearances; several tourists who have gone to see the monument have gotten lost and has never been seen again.

    Hagel's own father disappeared without explanation around the time he was born, but resurfaced alive and well several years later. Some investigators feel Hagel staged his disappearance to walk away from his life, just as his father did. There was one possible sighting of Hagel in California after he went missing, but this was never confirmed. Since his disappearance he hasn't used his Social Security number, accessed his financial accounts or been arrested anywhere in the United States.

    Bismarck, North Dakota police are investigating Hagel's case.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Bismarck Police Department


    Source Information
    The Doe Network
    The Grand Forks Herald
    The Bismarck Tribune
    KX News


    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated June 18, 2017; two pictures added; distinguishing characteristics updated.

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