Hourihan missing two years; authorities seeking help to find him

An investigation by the Fluvanna County Sheriff’s Office into the disappearance of Robert Lee Hourihan – missing for two years as of April 8 --  has proven fruitless.


But the sheriff’s office is still seeking the public’s help, said Lt. David R. Wells. “There is no real progress in the case, but I want to put the information out to try to stir up interest and possible leads,” Wells said in an email to the Fluvanna Review.

According to a press release from Wells, “Foul play is suspected in his disappearance and it is probable that Hourihan is deceased.  Sheriff's investigators believe that there are persons out there with information vital to this case that have yet to come forward.  The sheriff's office would like to help provide closure to the family by locating Hourihan's remains and ensuring a proper burial.”

Hourihan left his home in the Columbia area of Fluvanna County to go to work in Richmond driving a white 2004 Chevy Cavalier with Virginia license plates of "TARAMAE".  Later on that date, around 8 a.m., Hourihan was seen at E.W. Thomas Grocery Store in Palmyra buying a soda and a biscuit.  That was the last time anyone saw Hourihan.  On May 28, 2011 Hourihan's white Chevy was located parked in a Target store parking lot in La Plata, Maryland.

Anyone with any information about Hourihan's disappearance or information on the possible location of his remains is urged to contact Wells at the Fluvanna County Sheriff's Office at 434-589-8211 or Crimestoppers at 434-977-4000.  A significant cash reward is available for information that helps locate him. -- Carlos Santos