Robert Lee Hourihan

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Above Images: Hourihan, circa 2011


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: April 8, 2011 from Palmyra, Virginia
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: January 1978
  • Age: 33 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'8, 250 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Blond hair, blue eyes. Hourihan has a beard. His nickname is Rob.
  • 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.
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    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. 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
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Fluvanna County Sheriff's Office


    Source Information
    Virginia State Police
    The Fluvanna Review
    The Daily Progress
    The Hook


    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated January 29, 2015; casefile added.

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