Fugitive wanted in Texas murder added to FBI’s Ten Most Wanted

Fugitive wanted in Texas murder added to FBI’s Ten Most Wanted
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A suspect wanted in an Austin murder is the lasted addition to the FBI’s list of “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives,” the FBI announced in a press release Tuesday, Dec. 13.

Fugitive Robert Van Wisse is being sought for his alleged involvement in the attack and murder of a young woman on Sept. 20, 1983. He should be considered armed and dangerous.

At approximately 8:27 a.m. on Sept. 20, 1983, the Austin Police Department responded to a deceased person call and located the body of Laurie Stout in an office building in Austin. Stout’s death was later ruled a homicide due to strangulation and asphyxia by the medical examiner. Stout had been working a late-night shift cleaning the building when she was murdered. At the time of her death, Stout was only 22 years of age. She was a daughter, sister, wife and mother to a 19-month-old baby daughter.

On the night of the murder, Van Wisse, who was a student enrolled at the University of Texas-Austin at the time, was in the building registering for a course. Through investigation, it was determined that Van Wisse was one of the last persons seen in the building before the murder. It is believed that Van Wisse fled the Austin area when he learned he was being evaluated as a murder suspect.

Oct. 3, 1996, as arrest warrant was issued for Van Wisse by the state of Texas, Travis County, after he was charged with murder. March 6, 1997, Van Wisse was also charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, and a federal warrant was issued by the United States District Court, Western District of Texas, Austin.

“Van Wisse has been charged with a violent and brutal murder which took a young woman from her family and deprived a baby girl of her mother’s love forever,” said Christopher Combs, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s San Antonio Field Office. “While the FBI and our partner agencies have worked very hard on this case for many years, we are all deeply committed to pursuing every new lead and conducting a thorough investigation. We will never forget, and will not rest until Robert Van Wisse is located, captured, and brought to justice.”

“It is a tremendous injustice for the victims, their loved ones and the entire community when a murder goes unsolved,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “The Texas Department of Public Safety remains committed to the search for Robert Van Wisse, along with any evidence that might bring resolution to this case. We are pleased to see him added to the FBI’s list of ‘Ten Most Wanted Fugitives,’ and we urge anyone with information related to this horrific crime to come forward.”

During the course of this investigation, investigators received tips and leads indicating Van Wisse was in New York City, Washington, D.C., Central Texas and Mexico. It was previously reported that Van Wisse was working on a coconut and banana plantation, and as an English teacher in Mexico.

Van Wisse is known to have used a variety of aliases to include: Francisco Salas, Roberto Francisco Salas, Robert F. Vanwisse, Robert Wisse, Robert F. Van Wisse, Robert Francis Van Wisse, Robert Francis Vanwise, and Robert Vanwisse.

Van Wisse is further described as follows: DOB Used: Feb. 3, 1965; Place of Birth: Mexico; Hair: Brown; Eyes: Brown; Height: 5’6”; Weight: 180 pounds; Race: White (Hispanic); Nationality: Mexican; Languages: Fluent in Spanish and English

Van Wisse replaces Fidel Urbina on the FBI’s Top Ten List. Urbina, who was wanted in Chicago, Illinois, for murder and kidnapping, and federally for UFAP, was arrested on a ranch in Mexico in September 2016.

Van Wisse marks the 511th addition to the “Top Ten” list, which has been in existence since 1950.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading directly to the arrest of Robert Van Wisse. Anyone with information concerning Robert Van Wisse should take no action themselves, but should immediately contact 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324). Tips can also be submitted online at https://tips.fbi.gov/. All information can remain anonymous and confidentiality is guaranteed. Individuals calling from outside of the United States should contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Additional information concerning Van Wisse, including his wanted poster and the FBI’s list of Ten Most Wanted Fugitives, can be found by visiting the FBI’s website at www.fbi.gov.

The fugitive investigation is being conducted by FBI San Antonio’s Central Texas Violent Crimes Task Force, Austin Resident Agency Office; USMS; APD; DPS; and the Texas Rangers.