Robert Larson Hughes

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Above Images: Hughes, circa 2008

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 17, 2008 from Williamsville, Vermont
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 59 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'0, 190 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Gray hair, blue eyes.
  • Medical Conditions: Hughes was despondent at the time of his disappearance and may have been suicidal.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Hughes left his Williamsville, Vermont at 3:00 p.m. on August 17, 2008 to go a business meeting in Provincetown, Massachusetts. At 12:30 p.m. the following day, an Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) shuttle dropped him off at the head of the Zealand Falls Trail in the Pemigewasset Wilderness area of the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire. Hughes apparently attempted to make reservations for the night at the AMC Zealand Falls Hut on his cellular phone, but the transaction wasn't completed.

    On August 20, Hughes wife got an envelope in the mail from him. It contained letters to family members saying he planned to commit suicide in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Hughes has never been heard from again. Police found his vehicle at the AMC Highland House in Crawford Notch, New Hampshire, which is where he said it would be in his letters. An extensive search of the White Mountains turned up no sign of Hughes or his body.

    Hughes is not an experienced hiker and is unfamiliar with the White Mountains area. Since his disappearance there hasn't been any activity on his credit card, bank accounts or cellular phone. Hughes is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and worked as an architect at the time of his disappearance. Both Vermont and New Hampshire authorities are investigating his case, which remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Vermont State Police
    802-254-2382

    OR
    New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
    603-271-3127

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    Source Information
    New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
    The Union Leader
    i got so much trouble on my mind
    NamUs
    Vermont State Police

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    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated March 19, 2016; name and details of disappearance updated.

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