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Murder suspect on FBI’s Most Wanted Fugitive list surrenders at Texas border after 30 years

January 29, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Murder suspect on FBI’s Most Wanted Fugitive list surrenders at Texas border after 30 years

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A man on the FBI’s Most Wanted Fugitive List sought for the suspected rape and murder of a young working mother on the University of Texas campus back in 1983, has been apprehended after years on the lam.

Robert Van Wisse, 51, surrendered to police at the Texas border on Thursday. He was taken into custody six weeks after his name was placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitive list.

Van Wisse was sought by Austin authorities in connection with the murder of 22-year-old Laurie Stout in 1983, Fox 7 Austin reported.

The victim was a University of Texas janitor, and her body was discovered in a restroom on campus. She had a 19-month-old child.

The FBI said that Van Wisse was the last person seen in the building before the killing but was originally ruled out as a suspect. He was a student at the University of Texas at the time.

He retreated to Mexico in 1996 when DNA connected him to the slaying. His family had property in Mexico, and he had been born in Guadalajara.

“He was a college student whose parents were both professionals,” Justin Noble, an FBI Agent, stated. “He grew up going to the best schools and living in the nicest neighborhood. He had the future in front of him, and he murdered a young woman making minimum wage trying to support her family and young child.”

After he had turned himself in, Van Wisse was charged with first-degree murder and unlawful flight to evade prosecution.

The victim’s child was still processing the news that Van Wisse was captured, Time Warner Cable News revealed Friday.

“It’s very shocking,” Daile Stout said. “It’s not something I thought I was ever going to experience.

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