This case is being listed due to Steele's direction towards Shenandoah National Park, and the town he resided in, Culpeper, Virginia, being in close proximity to the National Park.
His found location has not been released. Missing NPF will release this information once it has been made available to the public, and specify if he was indeed found in Shenandoah National Park.
Virginia State Police issued the missing person alert early Monday, April 12, 2021 at 1:39 a.m., on behalf of the Culpeper Police Department.
Steele is described as a white male, 5’8”, 120 pounds with blue eyes and gray/blonde hair.
Steele was last seen at noon on Sunday, April 11, 2021, leaving his residence on Elmwood Drive in the town of Culpeper heading towards Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park.
He told his family he was heading to Skyline Drive and had not returned when the alert was issued, according to Culpeper PD.
The Skyline Drive runs 105 miles north and south along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National and is the only public road through the park. It takes about three hours to travel its entire length on a clear day, according to National Park Service.
The senior was said to suffer from cognitive and vision impairments and police believed his brief disappearance posed a credible threat to his health and safety.
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83 years old
Weight: 120 lbs.
Hair: Blonde, Gray
Foul Play Suspected: No
Suspected Suicide: No
Cause of Death: Believed Alive / Not Dead
Reported missing on April 12, 2021 - 714 days, 10 hours, 4 minutes ago
Found on April 12, 2021 - 713 days, 16 hours, 19 minutes ago
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This case file has been assigned the Missing Persons ID 3678
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Judaea RojoJuly 10, 2021 at 11:17 pm
4/12/21 Update: Robert Steele has been found, and is safe. More here: https://starexponent.com/news/update-missing-83-year-old-culpeper-man-safely-located/article_bce55b0b-5a6f-5f28-8942-3d15929a589b.html