Without a trace: The disappearance of Christopher Douthat

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October 25, 2018, marks five years since Christopher Douthat disappeared from Roanoke, Virginia.

“I love you to pieces and I wish you could come home,” Mary Douthat said.

Mary is Christopher’s mother and has never given up hope her oldest son would come home. 

The Vinton Police Department initially had the case, until they handed it over to Virginia State Police. 

Special Agent Douglas Hubert is now the lead investigator working the case, giving Mary a renewed sense of hope that someone will find her son. 

“From talking to him I can tell he is working very very hard to get this case solved and he is not going to give up,” Douthat said. 

The last day she saw her son was on the same day he went missing. It’s a day forever ingrained in her mind.

According to Mary, it started out as a seemingly normal day.

“He was staying with me at the time,” said Douthat.

“I had taken him to work that morning and on the way to work we were talking, laughing and singing to the radio.”

Christopher Douthat had just ended things with the mother of his children. Mary Douthat says he had been staying with her for about three or four nights.

On the day he went missing, she had driven him to work.

“I said ‘I love you, son’ and he said ‘I love you too, Mom and I will see you later,'” said Douthat.

Special Agent Hubert released an updated timeline of Christopher Douthat’s whereabouts the day he went missing.

The timeline is below:

  • Arrived at Vinton Roofing for work between 6:30 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. 
  • Went to a work site at Ashley Plantation in Botetourt County
  • Had lunch at the work site 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 
  • Got off work around 1:30 p.m.
  • Picked up his paycheck from Vinton Roofing
  • Got a ride with a co-worker and the co-worker’s family member
  • Cashed his check at Kroger in Vinton at 3:19 p.m.
  • Got dropped off in the area of Chaps Tavern around 3:30 p.m.
  • He made a call at 4:12 p.m.
  • He made another call at 4:14 p.m.
  • He got a call from a woman he was supposed to meet at 4:22 p.m.
  • He called the woman he was supposed to meet at 4:25 p.m.
  • During that phone call, he described his location as the intersection of Garden City Boulevard and Riverland

According to Special Agent Hubert, Christopher took the Ninth Street route to get from the area of Chaps Tavern to the intersection of Garden City Boulevard and Riverland.

He was set to meet a friend at the Food Lion on Bennington Street in Southeast Roanoke.

“He stated to her to hang on,” Special Agent Hubert said. He goes on to say, “It was something along the lines of hang on, there’s somebody I know and he hung up the phone.”

That’s the last time anyone heard from Christopher Douthat.

The woman he was set to meet got to Food Lion a little after 5:00 P.M.

She searched the area frantically. Records show she called and texted Christopher Douthat repeatedly. His phone was untraceable and he was suddenly unreachable.

“At the time he was using a flip phone or a slider type phone, not a smartphone that people are used to today,” Special Agent Hubert said.

“The phone doesn’t necessarily have a constant GPS running and normally is only looking for the phone’s location when the phone is in actual use.”

Special Agent Hubert shared with me an updated description of what Christopher Douthat was wearing on the day he went missing (October 25, 2013). He said he had on a dark gray hooded sweatshirt with a Snap-On Tools logo on the front of it and jeans. He also had a tribal tattoo on his arm.

The Monday after Christopher Douthat went missing he was the key witness in an assault case. He was also set to go to court for a custody hearing.

Special Agent Hubert got the case in January of 2018. Since then, he said he’s interviewed more than 40 people in the case. He also said he has an understanding of the who, what and why in the case.

“We’ve done some search warrants at this particular point. We’ve done some cellphone tracking. We’ve been into social media accounts and done some recreations and just a large number of interviews,” Special Agent Hubert Said.

It’s very solvable. It’s a case that’s going to have an outcome.”

If you have any information about the disappearance of Christopher Douthat please contact Virginia State Police at 1-540-375-9589, and ask for Special Agent Douglas Hubert. 

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