Robert Van Wisse- Texas- 1983 (Added in 2016) (CAPTURED!!!) Sept 16, 2014 8:35:26 GMT -5
Post by Scumhunter on Sept 16, 2014 8:35:26 GMT -5
(Pictured: Above: Top: Van Wisse, circa 1983. Bottom: Age-progressed photo to unspecified year/age Photo Credits: FBI.Gov)
Fugitive Profile as of September 16th, 2014 (based on FBI.Gov wanted poster, Top Ten press release):
Aliases: Francisco Salas, Roberto Francisco Salas, Robert F. Vanwisse, Robert Wisse, Robert F. Van Wisse, Robert Francis Van Wisse, Robert Francis Vanwise, Robert Vanwisse.
Place of Birth: Guadalajara, Mexico
Weight: 180 pounds
Occupation: Van Wisse was previously employed as an English teacher in Mexico. He may possibly be employed in the medical field, or he could be working on a coconut and banana plantation in Mexico.
Languages : Van Wisse speaks English and Spanish.
Remarks: Van Wisse has ties to Austin, Texas. Through investigation, it has been reported that Van Wisse may have lived in South America, and he may be residing in Mexico or the United States under an assumed name.
Who to call if you've seen him: FBI's toll free tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI or contact your local FBI office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate. Tips can also be submitted electronically to the FBI at tips.fbi.gov
From the AMW archives:
Crime Of Opportunity
Cops say Robert Vanwisse and Laurie Stout had never met before Sept. 19, 1983, but when the night was over, police say Vanwisse was a killer and Laurie was dead. However, coming to that conclusion would take a long, long time.
The accounts of that night live in a dusty case file. Along with her husband, Laurie owned a janitorial service business in Austin, Texas. She would often roll up her sleeves and clean the businesses where they had contracts. On that September night, she did just that and did it alone. At 8:30 the next morning, people showed up for work and found Laurie dead in the second-floor men's bathroom. She'd been sexually assaulted and murdered. Austin homicide detectives quickly rounded up everyone who'd been seen in the building, including 19-year-old Robert Vanwisse. He'd been in the building, registering for a class. They took his prints, his DNA and let him go. They compared DNA – which, at the time, was nowhere near as advanced as it is today – and came to the conclusion that he was not the killer.
Nine Years Cold
The case lay cold until 1992, when a dedicated investigator took another swing at the murder. What she found would change everything.
An error in the DNA test revealed that Robert Vanwisse very well could have been the murderer -- his DNA sample had been discounted because of outdated methodology. They found his prints at the crime scene, giving investigators probable cause to file charges on Vanwisse. Of course, he was now gone.
Vanwisse had contacts in Mexico and Guatemala and is probably in one of those countries. Cops realized they had a real uphill climb in this case for a number of reasons.
The first challenge that faced police was red tape. Vanwisse had been charged with capital murder, a crime that could result in the death penalty. Since Mexican authorities will not extradite anyone facing the death penalty, U.S. authorities were forced to drop those charges and re-file a first degree murder charge. Now if Vanwisse is found in Mexico, he will be allowed to return to the States to face justice.
Of course, investigators have to find him first, and that’s Detective Angel Hernandez’s job. New to the Cold Case Squad, she has pegged this case as the one she really wants closed.
Thoughts? Vanwisse was last aired as a full-profile on AMW on Fox back on April 24th, 2010. Those of us who used to post on AMW.com's message board agreed that despite the oldness of this case, he likely wasn't aired in the 90's since we couldn't find anything to suggest he was. Unfortunately, all we have are grainy pictures of him and he probably did flee to Mexico or Guatemala. But it's never too late for justice and Detective Hernandez I'm sure will never give up.
On Tuesday, December 13th, 2016, Robert Francis Van Wisse was added to the FBI's Top 10 list: www.fbi.gov/wanted/topten/robert-francis-van-wisse
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