Ritchard Hayes Temple

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Above Images: Temple, circa 2015


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 25, 2015 from Town Creek, Maryland
  • Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
  • Age: 52 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'0, 200 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Graying blond hair, blue eyes. Temple wears wire-rimmed eyeglasses. His nickname is Ritch.
  • Medical Conditions: Temple suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease, a neurological condition that causes progressive muscle atrophy. It's uncurable and fatal; the median survival time is three to five years. As a result of his condition, Temple has limited use of his right arm and hand. He walks with a limp and needs a cane or walking stick to assist with mobility.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Temple was last seen on July 25, 2015. He was hiking the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal towpath, an 184.5-mile trail between Cumberland, Maryland and Harper's Ferry, West Virginia. He had hiked from Harpers Ferry to Cumberland and was on the way back to Harpers Ferry when he disappeared. His last communications were near Town Creek, Maryland. In early August, when National Park Service rangers launched a search, they found some of Temple's belongings on the banks of the river near Town Creek. An extensive search turned up no other sign of him. His case remains unsolved.

    Some accounts report Temple disappeared from Leesburg, Virginia. Virginia police are investigating his case.


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


    Source Information
    Virginia State Police
    The Chronicle of the Horse
    The Journal News
    The Baltimore Sun


    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated September 5, 2016; casefile added.

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