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Family searches RVA for missing, mentally unstable loved-one

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The search continues for Sam Hoyt, 46, who went missing last Friday. Hoyt's family says he was last seen at the Virginia War Memorial, leaving behind his wallet and passport. Relatives say he's shown signs of mental instability, and they're doing everything possible to find him.

Hoyt's cousin, Austin Titus, describes Hoyt as a kind man. He grew up in Richmond and graduated from VCU.

"Sweet, talented guy. He's super nice. He's not a threat or a danger," said Titus, who lives in Hanover.

However, in recent years, Hoyt's stepfather, Bruce Littman and Holt's mother say he seemed depressed.

"Until this recent event…we really had no idea how ill Sam is," said Littman, who returned with Hoyt's mother to their home in Connecticut. The pair flew to Richmond after learning of Hoyt's disappearance.

Last Wednesday, Littman says his stepson packed his car with clothes. Hoyt drove from his home in Philadelphia to Titus's home.

"I did detect something was a little bit off," said Titus, who wasn't expecting Hoyt.

"(Hoyt) told Austin that people in Philadelphia were after him. He expressed some other paranoid thoughts that some people might be poisoning him," continued Littman.

Hoyt then went to his aunt and uncle's home in Richmond. His uncle took him to St. Mary's for an evaluation. The hospital released him.

"I think he was evaluated, but they said he did not need to stay," explained Titus.

The next morning, Littman says Hoyt threw furniture through a window at his aunt and uncle's home. Hoyt left his car, and took off on foot. He was later spotted at the Virginia War Memorial by a security guard. Hoyt left his wallet and credit cards underneath some flowers. He borrowed a pen from the security guard, and wrote a note on his passport. Hoyt's family didn't interpret the writing as a suicide note.

"In some ways it seems like he's relinquished his identity," added Titus. "It's completely bewildering and surreal at this point."

Hoyt's family searched the area for days, has contact police and posted flyers.

"We're just waiting and hoping someone will see him and find him," pled Littman.

Hoyt was last seen heading west from the Virginia War Memorial towards Hollywood Cemetery. If you see Sam Hoyt, the family asks you contact the following crisis hotlines, which are aware of the situation:

Richmond Behavioral Health Authority Crisis Services: 804-819-4000

Hanover Mental Health Crisis Services: 804-365-4200

Henrico Mental Health & Developmental Crisis Services: 804-727-8484

Or, anyone with information can contact Hoyt's family at

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