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1298DMKY - Ruvil Hale

Ruvil Hale

Name: Ruvil Hale
Case Classification: Endangered Missing
Missing Since: July 3, 1990
Location Last Seen: Paintsville, Johnson County, Kentucky

Physical Description

Date of Birth: January 21, 1947
Age: 43 yrs old
Race: White
Gender: Male
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 208 lbs
Hair Color: Gray
Eye Color: Brown
Nickname/Alias: Ruble
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Discoloration right cheek, scar on head; fracture on arm, fractured skull; missing gallbladder; smoker.


Dentals: Not Available
Fingerprints: Not Available
DNA: Not Available

Clothing & Personal Items

Clothing: Unknown
Jewelry: Unknown
Additional Personal Items: Unknown

Circumstances of Disappearance

Mr. Hale sufferred a brain aneurysm. He had previously suffered a stroke and frequently had seizures. He also had some paralysis, double vision and responded slowly.

Hale disappeared from The Paintsville Health Care Center, a nursing home, on July 3, 1990. He reportedly disappeared about 10:25 a.m., the exact same time a Ford Tempo was stolen from the center's parking lot. At 10:25 a.m., July 3, a nursing home employee called in a missing persons report to the Paintsville 911 dispatcher's office. Near the same time, a man reported his 1988 Ford Tempo missing from Druther's Restaurant, located within 50 feet of the health care center.

Hale was the prime suspect in the auto theft, but medical personnel at the center said he would not have been physically capable of driving very far, especially without his medication. He only had $2 in his pocket. There was half a tank of gas in the car. He received a disability check and the last check was never cashed. Since his disappearance, not a shred of evidence as to his whereabouts has surfaced.

A private investigator's independent probe into Hale's disappearance concurs with the likelihood that Hale didn't make it far, alive. However, the independent investigation did provide a possible motive for murder, and the probe's findings reportedly point an accusing finger at someone who may have had daily contact with the nursing home patient.

The private investigator reportedly concluded that Hale was murdered in cold blood when it was discovered that he was going to blow the whistle on an alleged scam that involved the purchase of low-quality items at high-quality prices. Those identified by the private investigator as having any involvement with the alleged scam were never charged in connection with Hale's disappearance or the alleged scam. Hale was declared legally dead on July 7, 1996.

Investigating Agency(s)

Agency Name: Kentucky State Police Post 9
Agency Contact Person: Trooper Steven Mounts
Agency Phone Number: 606- 433-7711
Agency E-Mail: [email protected]
Agency Case Number: M433829971

Agency Name: Paintsville Police Department
Agency Contact Person: Chief Bill Halbrook
Agency Phone Number: 606-789-2603
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: N/A

NCIC Case Number: M433829971
NamUs Case Number: 7009

Information Source(s)

Kentucky State Police Post 9

Admin Notes

Added: Prior to 2011; Last Updated: 6/20/2017

Questions or comments? Please contact appropriate member of the Area Team

** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.

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