21 October 2014
While the largest search in Virginia’s history turned up the apparent remains of missing UVA student Hannah Graham, Fluvanna authorities are still investigating their own missing person cases – the disappearances of Renee Field and Robert Lee Hourihan.
Field has been missing for over three months. Hourihan has been missing for over three years.
Fluvanna Review reporter Christina Dimeo Guseman interviewed Renee Field’s husband Lewis, and Hourihan’s wife, Tara, who are still trying to understand what happened to their spouses.
Renee and Lewis Field met at their best friends’ wedding 27 years ago. “She knew the bride and I knew the groom, so we met at their rehearsal,” Lewis Field recalled. He was a groomsman and she was a bridesmaid. One year later they were married.
And 26 years later Renee Field vanished from their Scottsville-area home.
Her husband was the last to see her on July 2. In the early hours of July 4, her car was discovered in the park and ride commuter lot at Zion Crossroads, with her keys, purse, and cell phone still there but her cash, credit cards, and license missing. And now three months later there is still no trace of her.
“I’m still thinking that [she’ll come back],” Lewis Field told the Fluvanna Review, “but I realize at this point that I’m probably one of the few, just because it’s gone so long. Most folks are trying to say that it probably isn’t as likely as it may have been two months ago. I guess I don’t really dwell on that aspect of it and just go with the premise that she’ll be back here at some point and then we can figure out what the hell happened.”
Before they married, Renee Field graduated from James Madison University in 1987 with her nursing degree. Three years earlier, Lewis Field had graduated with an engineering degree from Widener College, now Widener University, in Pennsylvania. He entered the Army and was active duty for “half a dozen years” at Fort Bragg. He and Renee Field married while he was stationed there.
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