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Cold Case Spotlight – Samuel Riser

Samuel Riser had just paid his December rent and mailed out a letter; then he disappeared. The 61-year-old Glasgow, West Virginia man has not been seen or heard from since December 8, 2010. Blood was discovered in his home during a welfare check after Mr. Riser didn’t show up for work. Police responded to the scene and, while remaining tight-lipped about the investigation, acknowledge that foul play is suspected in Samuel Riser’s disappearance. Investigators have said publicly that they have received a lot of tips, but keep hitting dead ends. They have asked that anyone with information reach out to them in this unsolved case.

Mr. Riser, known by some as Sam or Dickie, was a hard-working, loving father. His children have kept fighting to find their dad, all along knowing the likely outcome. Mr. Riser’s information has been uploaded to NamUS, a database that provides an opportunity for families, law enforcement agencies and investigators to search nationwide for missing persons using a variety of powerful search features. His case was also featured on The Charley Project, a website that profiles approximately 9,500 “cold case” missing people, mainly from the United States. Project Cold Case is featuring Mr. Riser’s case in conjunction with the week of the 6th anniversary of his disappearance and asking, on behalf of his family, that you share his case on social media in hopes that someone will come forward with answers.

If you have any information about the disappearance of Samuel Riser, no matter how small you think it is, please call the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office at (304) 357-0156.

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