Patrick Joseph Ratchford

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Above: Ratchford, circa 1987

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: November 24, 1987 from Phoenix, Arizona
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: March 24, 1926
  • Age: 61 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'0, 150 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Gray hair, hazel eyes.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A red, blue and gray sweatshirt, blue jeans and Reebok sneakers.
  • Medical Conditions: Patrick was depressed at the time of his disappearance and possibly suicidal.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Ratchford was last seen in Phoenix, Arizona on November 24, 1987. He disappeared from his home at 35th Avenue and Campbell Avenue sometime between 12:30 and 6:30 a.m. He has never been heard from again. Ratchford took very few belongings with him, except his wedding ring. He had spoken about suicide in the past, but investigators don't believe he took his own life because his religious beliefs prohibit suicide. Ratchford is a former Catholic priest who left the monastery to marry. Since his disappearance there has been no activity on his Social Security number. His case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Phoenix Police Department
    602-534-2121

    OR
    602-262-6141

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    Source Information
    NamUs
    Phoenix Police Department
    The Arizona Republic

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    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated March 10, 2016; details of disappearance updated.

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