Richard Burks Hart

Above: Hart, circa 1946 (more recent photographs are unavailable)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: May 1985 from North Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: September 22, 1921 or September 22, 1923
  • Age: 61 or 63 years old
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Dark brown eyes. Hart was nearly bald at the time of his 1985 disappearance. He goes by his middle name, Burks. His exact year of birth is uncertain.
  • Medical Conditions: Hart suffers from schizophrenia.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Hart developed schizophrenia after serving in World War II. In 1985, he was an inpatient at Fort Roots Veterans Hospital in North Little Rock, Arkansas, where he may have received electroconvulsive therapy to alleviate his symptoms. Hart frequently walked away from the facility and took a bus to Memphis, Tennessee, where his wife and two daughters lived. In May 1985, he wandered away from the hospital and has never been heard from again.

    Hart's case remains unsolved. Due to the severity of his illness, he is not believed to have survived long after his disappearance.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Fort Roots Veterans Hospital Police Department


    Source Information
    The Doe Network


    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated September 23, 2005; casefile added.

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