CMPD conducting internal investigation after body of missing man found

Richard Hable
Richard Hable CMPD

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department said it is conducting an internal investigation to determine if all policies and procedures were followed in the case of a man whose remains were found Thursday.

Richard Hable’s remains were found early Thursday buried under his mobile home.

A neighbor told WBTV that she tried since May to convince police something was wrong. She said officers apparently didn’t take any action then.

CMPD held a press conference outside of Hable’s home Friday morning. The department wants to determine what went wrong when Hable went missing in May.

The 80-year-old neighbor, who doesn’t want her identity revealed, said back in May she hadn’t seen Hable for a couple of days. She went to his home to check but forgot to take the key Hable gave her. She said she saw a man who was renting a room at Hable’s and asked him if he had a key. The roommate told her that he didn’t because Hable evicted him and took back the key.

The neighbor said she went home to get her spare key and when she returned she saw the roommate and another man walking out of Hable’s unit.

A couple of days later she and another neighbor decided to go inside Hable’s unit.

“Blood was on the door. Blood in the house about the size of washtub, and a big bucket of paint poured right in the middle of it,” she said.

The woman said she called police the next day. “They came out and told me it was transmission fluid,” she said.

The months went by. No one heard from Hable.

The woman said another neighbor told her that a sheriff’s deputy went to Hable’s house in August to serve a subpoena for Hable to appear in court for a criminal case. She said she couldn’t reach the deputy, so she called 911.

Her house phone seemed as though it wasn’t working properly so she hung up.

The woman said officers showed up because of the 911 hang up. She told them about her missing friend, went with police to his home and opened it for them.

“One of the guys still insisted it was some kind of oil stuff down there....I said no. Why don't y’all send it to the lab,” she said.

A missing person’s report was filed Aug. 20.

This week there was a flurry of police activity at Hable’s house.

In a statement to WBTV, CMPD said, “We are aware of this information and currently (are) conducting an internal investigation to see if all policies and procedures were followed in the case. Our findings will be released publicly once the circumstances have been determined.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600, where a $5,000 reward is possible.