Fluvanna Man's Disappearance Remains a Mystery

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May 10, 2011

More than a month ago, Robert Hourihan left his Fluvanna County home, saying he was heading to his job in Richmond. He never go there and he has not been seen since.

A thick binder with leads, tips and clues contains all the information investigators have as they continue their search.

"It's almost as if he fell off the planet after that morning getting his biscuit at E.W. Thomas," said Lt. David Wells, of the Fluvanna County Sheriff's Department.

Hourihan was last seen on Friday, April 8. Investigators have been able to pinpoint parts of his journey that morning. They say he left his home in the Columbia area of the county at 6:30am. His white 2004 Chevy Cavalier with Virginia license plate "TARAMAE" was not seen again until 7:45am on Route 53.

"We have that hour and a half time frame gap in the morning where I still can't pinpoint his actions. Did he go meet somebody? Obviously if he works in Richmond, this part of the county is not his normal route," Lt. Wells explained.

Hourihan was last seen around 8am at E.W. Thomas Grocery Store in Palmyra. A familiar stop.

"He used to work at that store, so several of the clerks know him. They interacted with him, so I'm confident that is a credible time frame. Where he went after that is the big mystery," said Lt. Wells.

Other parts of the mystery remain unsolved. Hourihan's car is still missing, as is his cell phone. Other online tracking devices have been quiet since 8am on April 8.

"That's the way we typically use to track or find somebody. We've just had no luck whatsoever."

Hourihan suffers from a heart condition and takes medication for the condition. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call at 434-589-8211.

The Sheriff's Office also wants to remind the public that a reward of up to $5,000 is available for information about Hourihan's disappearance.

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