Paul Andrew Hughes
Hughes, approximately 2000
Date and time person was reported missing : 03/04/2000
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
Age at the time of disappearance: 41 years old
Height / Weight : 6'0, 150 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A dark blue jacket, blue jeans, work boots and a baseball cap.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Blond hair, blue eyes.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Hughes was last seen in Middlebrook, Virginia at 9:30 p.m. on March 4, 2000. He was with a friend, Timothy Balser, and both of them were very intoxicated. They were riding in Balser's black and gray 1984 Ford pickup truck; Hughes had never had a driver's license and depended on family, friends and coworkers for rides.
Balser stated they went to White's Truck Stop in Lexington, Virginia at midnight, and Baalser had breakfast while Hughes went to another part of the truck stop to play video games. When Balser finished eating and went to look to Hughes, he was gone. He has never been heard from again.
Investigators don't believe Hughes left of his own accord; he was a reliable employee at Western State Hospital, where he worked as a carpenter, and rarely missed work. Authorities haven't been able to verify that he was actually at the truck stop that night. His case remains unsolved.
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Rockbridge County Sheriff's Office
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Virginia State Police
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