Chief of Police Robert Hamrick

Chief of Police Robert Hamrick

Rock Creek Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Friday, March 20, 1970

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Robert Hamrick

Chief of Police Robert Hamrick died 10 days after his involvement in an accident during a vehicle pursuit.

The vehicle he was chasing led him down a deserted road. During the pursuit down the road his patrol car struck a tree.

There is speculation that after he struck the tree the suspects he was chasing beat him with his baton and then staged it to look like an accident. His baton and gun were stolen from the scene.

Chief Hamrick had served with the Rock Creek Police Department for two years and had previously served with the United States Army. He was survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter. Eight grandchildren were born after his death.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge A-5
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Incident Date Tuesday, March 10, 1970
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Not available

vehicle pursuit

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I learned of this case watching Unsolved Mysteries. My mom grew up in Rock Creek, Ohio and I grew up in Geneva. This story brings tears to my eyes. What a tragedy and the fact that no one was held accountable is truly a tragedy. With all of the technology we have there must be a way to reopen this case and conduct a forensic investigation. We owe it to his grandchildren to find the truth. He took on an impossible situation with bravery and was murdered for it. So sad. Sad for his widow and children that they never received justice or answers.

Jolanda Davila
An interested citizen

June 20, 2021

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