Charles David Hope

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Above: Hope, circa 1982

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: March 31, 1982 from Hernando Beach, Florida
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: September 30, 1940
  • Age: 41 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'7, 185 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Gray hair, blue eyes. Hope had a tan and was in good physical condition at the time of his 1982 disappearance. His nickname is Charlie.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A blue Hawaiian shirt.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Hope was last seen departing the now-defunct Redfish Seafood and Steak House in Hernando Beach, Florida on March 31, 1982. He was carrying a plastic container of mustard greens at the time. Hope's uncle, who dined with him that evening, says he acted normally during the meal and planned to visit his girlfriend's residence afterwards. He has never been heard from again.

    On April 6, 1982, Hope's white pickup truck was found abandoned at his real estate office in Hernando Beach, where Hope was employed as a broker. The truck, which contained about $2,000 worth of Hope's belongings, was locked, which is uncharacteristic of his behavior. He was reported missing after the truck was located. Eight months later, someone clearing an overgrown area about 100 yards from Hope's workplace found a pair of shoes and neatly folded clothing, including a beige shirt. Hope's family believes the clothes were his, but they weren't the ones he was wearing the night of his disappearance.

    Hope was a prominent figure in the area, a real estate business leader who had held one appointed political position and also sought election. He resigned from his post as chairman of the Hernando Port Authority two months prior to his disappearance. Hope also had a reputation as a womanizer and his wife, who divorced him shortly before his disappearance, believed he'd been killed by a jealous husband or boyfriend of someone he'd been dating. Hope remained friendly with his ex-wife and was close to their children after the divorce, and his ex-wife doesn't believe he would have ever willingly abandoned the family.

    Hope resided in Brooksville, Florida in 1982. There has been no activity on his Social Security number (SSN) since his disappearance. There are many rumors and theories about his case; some believe he was involved in the local drug trade, though there's no actual evidence of this, and they think he was either killed by drug dealers or placed in the federal Witness Protection Program. Others speculate he left of his own accord and possibly left the country. Hope was declared legally dead in 1992. His loved ones believe he met with foul play.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Hernando County Sheriff's Office
    352-754-6830

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    Source Information
    Hernando County Sheriff's Office
    Florida Department of Law Enforcement
    The Doe Network
    The St. Petersburg Times

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    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated February 15, 2009; details of disappearance updated.

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