Richard Keith Call

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Above Images: Call, circa 1988

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: April 10, 1988 from Newport News, Virginia
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: March 8, 1968
  • Age: 20 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'0, 150 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Light brown hair, blue eyes. Call goes by his middle name, Keith.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A gray and brown cardigan sweater, a white polo shirt, two-tone brown dress slacks and leather shoes.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Call went on a date with Cassandra Hailey on April 9, 1988. He picked her up at her Grafton, Virginia home and they planned to spend the day together. The couple traveled in Call's red 1982 Toyota Celica. It was their first date together, and Hall's first date since he broke up with his girlfriend of nearly four years. They were last seen at a party in Newport News, Virginia at 1:30 a.m. on April 10. Neither of them has been seen again. A photo of Call's car is posted below this case summary.

    Call's vehicle was discovered abandoned at the York River Overlook on Colonial Parkway in Yorktown, Virginia at 7:00 a.m. on April 10, but it was not reported to authorities until 9:00 a.m. Nothing appeared to have been disturbed: the keys were on the driver's seat, and a watch and eyeglasses were on the dashboard. Nearly all of the clothing Call was wearing was also found in the back of the car, as were some of Hailey's clothes. The wallet contained at least $20 in cash. Nearly all of the clothing Call was wearing, including his underwear, was also found in the back of the car, as were some of Hailey's clothes and her underwear. Her purse and Call's wallet were missing.

    There was no trace of Hailey or Call at the overlook. Authorities initially believed they had gone swimming and drowned, but an extensive search of the river turned up no sign of them, the water temperature was in the forties the night of their disappearances, and Hailey was afraid of the water. Foul play is now suspected in both their cases.

    The bodies of three other young couples, all of them college students, were found in areas located off the Colonial Parkway from 1986 through 1989. In all cases, their cars were found abandoned with most of their possessions intact inside, but only Hailey and Call's bodies have never been found. The Colonial Parkway extends for 23 miles and runs through the following Virginia cities: Yorktown, Williamsburg and Jamestown. Authorities have long suspected that a serial killer stalked and killed in that region in the mid to late 1980s. They believe the perpetrator may have impersonated a law enforcement officer in order to approach his victims.

    Both Call and Hailey were students at Christopher Newport College in 1988. Their cases remain unsolved.

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    Above: Call's 1982 Toyota Celica

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Virginia State Police
    757-424-6850

    OR
    Federal Bureau Of Investigation
    Norfolk, Virginia Office
    804-455-0100

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    Source Information
    Child Protection Education Of America
    Vanished Children's Alliance
    APB News
    The National Center for Missing Adults
    The Virginian-Pilot
    The Richmond Times-Dispatch
    The Daily Press
    Project Jason
    Virginia State Police
    Facebook Page for Richard Call and Cassandra Hailey

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    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated December 15, 2013; picture added, details of disappearance updated.

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