Reward for Information about Missing Augusta County Hiker


AUGUSTA COUNTY -- It has been eight months since Robert Fitzgerald disappeared in the George Washington National Forest. Today, his family and friends say they just want closure.

So they have raised $25,000 for a reward, hoping it will help them get the answers they have been seeking since November.

"We've exhausted all of our search capabilities," said Augusta County Sheriff Randy Fisher. "If he's on that mountain, he's not alive."

Hope that he is alive has been replaced by family and friends wanting to know what happened to their Bobby.

Glendon Gill, an attorney for Fitzgerald's mother, announced today a $25,000 reward for information leading to Fitzgerald's whereabouts.
They hope for a tip, even after going eight months without answers.

"It's probably the most rugged terrain we have in Augusta County," Fisher said. "It's an enormous area to search. We've been back out there on a number of occasions following leads, we just haven't been able to find any clues as to where Mr. Fitzgerald might be."

They all say the want closure, especially for Fitzgerald's 90-year-old mother.

"The conversation always ends with her kind of looking at me," Gill said, "as a statement, not a question: 'Bobby's still missing.' And I just kind of nod my head. There's not much to say. And then she goes, with an incredible strength, 'Well, it's just a mystery.' And then there's silence. And I hate that silence, because I want to be able to tell her what happened to her son."

If the reward is not given out, the money will be donated to charity, Gill said.

Friends still can donate to the reward fund. Email bobbyfund@yahoo.com for more information.

If you have any tips about Robert Fitzgerald, call the Augusta County Sheriff's Office at (540) 245-5333.


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