Police: One Rhode Island Sighting Not Hoagland

A police spokesperson told The Newtown Bee September 10 that one possible lead in the case of missing Newtown resident Robert Hoagland turned out to be a case of mistaken identity.

Police said that it was another individual, not Mr Hoagland, who was seen walking with a backpack recently near Interstate 95 and Route 117 in Warwick, Rhode Island.

Lt Richard Robinson clarified the following day, however, that the local department is still following other leads in the neighboring state.

“We are still following other leads from Rhode Island and anywhere else leads come in,” Lt Robinson said. “We are still checking multiple leads on someone matching Mr Hoagland’s description who has not yet been identified.”

Local police will continue to work the case in hopes of developing more leads on the missing 50-year-old who was last seen in Newtown on July 28.

This report was updated with new and clarified information on September 11.

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