Robert J. Rithaler Jr.

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Above Images: Rithaler, circa 2010

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: May 18, 2010 from Newport, Kentucky
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: March 24, 1964
  • Age: 46 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'6, 150 pounds
  • Distinguishng Characteristics: Caucasian male. Graying brown hair, brown eyes. Rithaler wears wire-rimmed eyeglasses and he may have a thin beard. He has a surgical scar shaped like an inverted horseshoe on the upper right side of his head. He broke his wrist not long before his disappearance and had surgery to repair it in February 2010. Rithaler's nicknames are Butch and Bob. His front teeth are capped and he is bowlegged.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: Pajamas and a plain gold wedding band.
  • Medical Conditions: Rithaler has a colloidal cyst in his brain which causes symptoms including cognitive impairment, limited memory capacity and hydrocephalus. He has epilepsy and takes the drug Lamictal to control his seizures. He also takes Celexa for depression. He suffers from osteoporosis and has had multiple compressed spinal fractures. Rithaler had brain surgery not long before his disappearance. He is not considered to be a danger to himself or others, but he may not have his medication with him and he may be confused or disoriented without it.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Rithaler was last seen at his daughter and son-in-law's home in Newport, Kentucky at 11:00 a.m. on May 18, 2010. He was carrying a green backpack at the time of his disappearance, and may have also had $100 in cash. He has never been heard from again. Rithaler left behind his dogs, cellular phone, watch, wallet and bicycle. His loved ones stated he became very innocent and childlike after his brain surgery and carries a notepad to write things down in so he can better remember them. Few details are available in his case. He is married and lived on Fourth Street in Newport.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Newport Police Department
    859-292-3622

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    Source Information
    NamUs
    Ohio Attorney General's Office
    Fox 19
    North American Missing Persons Network

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    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated November 19, 2010; casefile added.

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