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Ruland, circa 1995

Missing Since 10/24/1995

Missing From Ripon, Wisconsin

Classification Endangered Missing

Sex Male

Race White

Date of Birth Used 06/23/1955 (65)

Age 40 years old

Height and Weight 6'0, 160 pounds

Clothing/Jewelry Description A green camouflage-print jacket.

Medical Conditions Ruland sustained a severe head injury when he was young, which required a shunt implant. He had to get a second shunt after the first failed. He has bilateral holes burred into his skull so the shunts could pass through.

Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes. Ruland had a mustache at the time of his disappearance. He wears silver or gold wire-rimmed eyeglasses and has two damaged fingers on his right hand and a plate implanted in the back of his head. He has scars on his forehead, his left knee and the back of his neck. Some agencies spell his last name "Ruhland."

Details of Disappearance
Ruland was last seen by his coworkers at Kaytee Products in Chilton, Wisconsin on October 24, 1995. At the time of his disappearance, he was divorced with two children and lived with a roommate in Ripon, Wisconsin but he was in the process of moving to Kiel, Wisconsin to live with a new roommate.

In the two weeks prior to his disappearance, Ruland got a new car and asked his parents, who lived in Florida, to mail him $2,500. They did so on October 16. He attended church on October 22. On November 2, he didn't pick up his paycheck, and on November 4 one of his siblings called the police and reported him missing. He has never been heard from again.

Over a week later, Ruland's white Dodge Aires station wagon was found abandoned in the parking lot of the Stretch Truck Stop in the 500 block of east Pioneer Road in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. The keys were in the ignition and all of Ruland's belongings were in the cargo area; he may have been in the process of driving it to his new home in Kiel. There was blood on one of the car tires, and cigars in the front of the vehicle; Ruland did not smoke.


In 2000, the message "James Ruland lies here" was found written on near the bathtub bathtub in the Ripon house that Ruland and Baier had once shared. Authorities investigated the writing, and Baier's sons admitted they'd written it there as a joke.

Ruland's case remains unsolved.
Investigating Agency / Department

Fond du Lac Sheriff's Department 920-929-3390

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