University of Cincinnati adjunct instructor missing from Dry Ridge home

DRY RIDGE, Ky. -- A family is still struggling for answers weeks after a University of Cincinnati adjunct instructor went missing.

Randall "Randy" Russ, a resident of Dry Ridge, Ky., was supposed to take his friend to a doctor's appointment on Aug. 26, but never showed up, his family said.

Randall, 56, teaches basic computer classes at the school and is a retired veteran of 20 years. His daughter, Katie Russ, said the moment she stopped hearing from her dad, she knew something wasn't right.

"The fact that he loves to talk to people and he hasn't had any contact with us in two weeks? He's a talker he loves to talk to people," Katie said. "He's always cracking jokes... and that's what you're going to recognize is personality."

After not showing up for his friend's doctor's appointment last week, that friend went to check his Dry Ridge home just off US 25 on Lemon Northcutt Road.

The friend found Randall's back door unlocked, so he went inside, Katie said.

He found Randall's pets, three dogs and a cat, which hadn't been cared for in a couple weeks. Animal hair and feces were spread throughout the home.

Randall's prescription medication was also left inside. It was later determined he had not been seen since Aug. 17.

Randall's sister, Connie Fetters, said he wouldn't have intentionally left his home in that shape.

"He had clothes in the washer that had not been put in the dryer," Fetters said. "It's not like he's packed up and left."

Randall's family has gotten help from friends and neighbors in the search. Fetters said Randall is supposed to take his heart medication and is due for a doctor's appointment in a few weeks.

"He's a good-hearted person," Fetters said. "He'd do anything in the world to help anybody in the world, and I'm just hoping that's not what got him in trouble."

When he was last seen, Randall was wearing a plaid shirt and jeans. His family members said he usually has a beard, but that he could have shaved it.

He is 5-foot-10, 250 pounds, has brown eyes and short hair with a mixture of brown and gray.

"We're all here for him no matter what the situation is," Katie said. "We just want him home and we just want to know he's safe and that he's okay no matter what might be the reason he's gone. We just want him home."

Authorities ask anyone who may know Randall's whereabouts to call Kentucky State Police at 859-428-1212, or to email his daughter at

WCPO's Evan Millward, Holly Pennebaker and Maxim Alter contributed to this report.

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