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Case File 1298DMKY


Ruvil Hale
Missing since July 3, 1990 from Johnson County, Kentucky.
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

  • Date Of Birth: January 21, 1947
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 43 years old
  • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 6'1"; 208 lbs.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Brown eyes; gray hair. Smoker.
  • Marks, Scars: Scar on abdomen; crippled left arm; fracture on arm; fractured skull; missing gallbladder; discoloration right cheek; scar on head.
  • Medical: 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.
  • AKA: Ruble

Circumstances of Disappearance
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.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Kentucky State Police
Post 9
606- 433-7711
Paintsville Police Department

NCIC Number: M-433829971
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information:
The Mountain Citizen newspaper
NamUs MP #7009

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