William Robert Rochelle
Rochelle, approximately 2005
Date reported missing : 07/09/2005
Missing location (approx) :
Raleigh, North Carolina
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
Age at the time of disappearance: 71 years old
Height / Weight : 5'7, 160 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A brown shirt, black jeans and black sneakers.
Medical conditions : Rochelle has several Medical conditions : , including seizures, which make it difficult for him to live on his own. He requires medication which he does not have with him.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes. Rochelle is balding and he has a frail build. His nickname is Bill.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Rochelle was last seen walking away from his residence in the 300 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard in Raleigh, North Carolina on the morning of July 9, 2005. He has never been heard from again.
He left behind all his personal belongings, including his wallet, his watch, and a new suit he had just bought. Authorities believe he may have gotten a ride with someone and left the city.
Rochelle lived with his mother at the time of his disappearance; they had lived together his entire life. He is described as a quiet person and his favorite foods are cake and Welch's grape juice. His case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Raleigh Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
The News and Observer
North American Missing Persons Network
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October 12, 2004. July 22, 2016; Description, clothing, jewerly and more : added, Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.
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