Police Continue To Pursue Leads In Search For Missing Man

Newtown police said they are investigating two reported sightings of the missing Robert Hoagland which occurred on Tuesday, September 17, near the Rhode Island/Connecticut border.

Newtown police said Wednesday morning that Mr Hoagland, 50, of Sandy Hook, has not yet been located.

Police said that Mr Hoagland may have been seen by Rhode Island Department of Transportation workers on Route 195 in the West Greenwich, R.I., area. A man fitting Mr Hoagland’s description was described as appearing to be a hiker with a large backpack, police said.

The man appeared to be walking westward on Route 165 from Rhode Island toward Connecticut, near Voluntown, Conn.

Also, a passing motorist contacted Newtown police about seeing a man appearing to be Mr Hoagland in that area. Newtown Police contacted state police in Montville. State troopers and local police were unable to locate the person who was walking along Route 165.

Route 165 runs through Rhode Island and Connecticut.

On September 6, police were pursuing tips that Mr Hoagland had been seen in the Warwick, R.I., area. One of those leads, local police said on September 10, turned out to be a case of mistaken identity.

Mr Hoagland has been missing from his home on Glen Road since July 28.

Newtown police have been seeking Mr Hoagland since he was reported missing by his wife Lori after she returned from a trip overseas.

Mr Hoagland is a self-employed real estate appraiser, who also works for an attorney in Bridgeport. He is married and has children.

He was last publicly seen inside the convenience store at the Mobil gas station at 62 Church Hill Road at about 6:45 am on Sunday, July 28. Later that day, he was last seen at his home before his disappearance.

Mr Hoagland is white, 6 feet tall, and weighs 175 pounds. He is bald and has blue eyes.

On September 1, police made a sonar search of a section of Lake Zoar in seeking whether Mr Hoagland’s body might be found there. They have also done extensive dog searches for him. The lake search and dog searches produced no results.

A Facebook page on Mr Hoagland’s disappearance has been created at HelpUs Find Hoagy. There is a Twitter feed at HelpUsFindHoagie (@HelpFindHoagie).

Newtown police said that anyone with knowledge of Mr Hoagland’s whereabouts should contact the detective unit at the Newtown Police Department at 3 Main Street, telephone 203-426-5841.

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