Ralph Alan Newcombe

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Above Images: Newcombe, circa 1989


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: April 17, 1989 from Seattle, Washington
  • Classification: Missing
  • Date of Birth: October 13, 1953
  • Age: 35 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'11, 170 - 185 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes. Newcombe wears eyeglasses or contact lenses, but both of those were left behind.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Newcombe moved from Kodiak, Alaska to Seattle, Washington in December 1988. He had worked as a carpenter in Alaska, building and remodeling houses, and was trying to set up a business in Seattle. He'd gotten licensed there as a builder and contractor. He was last seen at his Seattle home by his wife when she left for work. By the time she returned home, he was gone. He has never been heard from again. Newcombe's pickup truck was found parked across the street from the Alaska Ferry Terminal the next morning. His carpentry tools, wallet and identification were inside it. He also left behind his eyeglasses, contact lenses and an uncashed check.

    Newcombe began working in Alaska during the summer while he was at college, and moved there after graduation. He is an avid salmon fisherman, hiker and wilderness camper and also enjoys foot racing. His family stated he was very distressed by the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska and may have returned there. There are indications that Newcombe was in Wyoming and Montana after his 1989 disappearance. Authorities believe he may have left of his own accord and established a new identity under a new name. Newcombe is a native of Missouri, and got a degree in microbiology degree from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. His case remains unsolved.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    King County Sheriff's Office


    Source Information
    King County Sheriff's Office
    Washington State Missing Persons Search
    The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    The Daily Sitka Sentinel


    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated January 10, 2017; details of disappearance updated.

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