Ruvil Hale

Above: Hale, circa 1990


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 3, 1990 from Johnson County, Kentucky
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: January 21, 1947
  • Age: 43 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'1, 208 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Gray hair, brown eyes. Hale may spell his name "Ruble." He has previously fractured his skull and his arm. His gallbladder is missing. Hale's left arm is crippled. He has scars on his head and abdomen and a discoloration on his right cheek. Hale smoked cigarettes in 1990.
  • Medical Conditions: Hale was being treated for a brain aneurysm at the time of his disappearance, and had an open skull injury. He has also previously suffered a stroke. He had seizures, severe headaches, muscular weakness especially in his legs, poor coordination, memory loss, a paralyzed throat, drastic mood swings, and double vision at the time he vanished, and responded slowly. He needs multiple medications to control his conditions. He is classified as disabled.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Hale was last seen at the Paintsville Health Care Center, a nursing home, on July 3, 1990. He disappeared at around 10:25 a.m., at the same time that a 1988 Ford Tempo was stolen from the parking lot of a restaurant next door to the nursing home. Witnesses reported a gray-haired man with eyeglasses drove the vehicle south towards Prestonburg. Police suspected Hale stole the car, but his caregivers say he would have been physically incapable of driving far, especially without his medication.

    Hale did not have his medicine with him at the time of his disappearance, and he had only $2 in cash. He received disability payments and never cashed his last check. The Ford he allegedly took had half a tank of gasoline at the time it was stolen. His family believes foul play was involved in his disappearance; they think he was murdered by someone connected with the nursing home. Hale was declared legally dead in 1996. He and the missing car have never been located.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Kentucky State Police


    Source Information
    The Doe Network
    The Big Sandy News


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated August 30, 2007; distinguishing characteristics, medical conditions and details of disappearance updated.

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