Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Gerald was last heard from on December 25, 2006 when he contacted Linden EMS in Linden, NJ. He is homeless.
On July 4, 2007, Gerry Rihlmann entered Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Rahway, most likely after a seizure, which he suffered periodically.
He was released a few days later, then disappeared.
While a few people have said they spotted Gerry in nearby Elizabeth, none of those sightings have been confirmed.
His long absence is unusual, according to his family.
He would always phone to assure them he was all right, rarely going more than a few weeks without checking in.
Gerry Rihlmann spent his days on the street and his nights under a bridge in Linden, the city of his childhood.
He was married at one time and loved camping. He has worked as a maintenance mechanic or at odd jobs.
In 2005, his twin brother lost the house they had been sharing.
Gerry injured his right arm after getting hit by a car while crossing the street, and his weakness for alcohol became more of a problem.
He couldn't get work, so he began collecting bottles for extra change or looking to the kindness of strangers.
Gerry stayed in touch, calling his sisters with a toll-free number they had given him, and talking to his social worker in Linden.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Linden Police Department
Star-Ledger, The (Newark, NJ)