Robert Hoagland, missing since 2013, found dead with new name

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Robert Hoagland, missing since 2013, found dead with new name

A man who disappeared from Connecticut nearly a decade ago has been found dead in upstate New York, where he had apparently been living under a new name, authorities said.

Robert Hoagland, 59, — whose disappearance was featured in an episode of the Investigation Discovery series “Disappeared” — had not been seen since the morning of July 28, 2013, at a gas station in Newtown, Connecticut.

He was reported missing the following day when he failed to pick up his wife from the airport, and did not show up for work.

Although Hoagland’s wallet, medication, cellphone, and family vehicles were all accounted for at his residence, the trail quickly went cold.

Now, nearly 10 years later, investigators believe that Hoagland had been living in Sullivan County since around Nov. 2013, where he assumed the name Richard King.

Robert Hoagland was last seen in July 2013.
Robert Hoagland was last seen in July 2013.
Newtown Police Department

Deputies responded to the “untimely death” of a man in Rock Hill earlier this week, police said in a statement. They found papers bearing the name Robert Hoagland at the scene.

Newtown detectives met with Sullivan County sheriff’s officials on Tuesday to confirm Hoagland’s identity.

Police said there are no signs of foul play in his death.

Newtown police confirmed Wednesday there was “no criminal aspect” to Hoagland’s disappearance, and that no further information would be released out of respect to his family.

Hoagland's family had no idea he was living in upstate New York under the name Richard King.
Hoagland’s family had no idea he was living in upstate New York under the name Richard King.
Newtown Police Department

“It’s pretty confusing,” Hoagland’s son, Christopher Hoagland, told NBC News of the devastating discovery.  

Christopher, who lives in Minnesota, said he is traveling to Connecticut or New York to be with his family. He admitted that they do not know what motivated his father to leave. 

“We’re trying to handle it right now to be honest. Haven’t really figured out any details,” he said.

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