Van Wisse

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some clo­sure on an un­speak­able tragedy. Our goal is to re­solve this with­out a trial and we are work­ing to do just that.”

Austin po­lice found Stout’s body the morn­ing of Sept. 20, 1983, dur­ing her clean­ing shift at an of­fice build­ing. Med­i­cal ex­am­in­ers ruled that she had been sex­u­ally as­saulted and stran­gled.

Stout had a 1-year-old daugh­ter at the time.

Homi­cide in­ves­ti­ga­tors ques­tioned Van Wisse but were un­able to link him to the crime. How­ever, cold case in­ves­ti­ga­tors in the mid1990s found new ev­i­dence that po­lice said placed Van Wisse at the crime scene.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors in Travis County is­sued a war­rant for Van Wisse’s ar­rest in Oc­to­ber 1996. Another war­rant for un­law­ful flight to avoid pros­e­cu­tion fol­lowed in 1997.

On Dec. 13, the FBI added him to the most wanted list.

That day, Stout’s daugh­ter, Daile, joined au­thor­i­ties and rel­a­tives to call for the pub­lic to help find him.

“I will never be able to fully ex­press the hole of lone­li­ness and empti­ness that is left in my chest be­cause my mother was taken away from me when I was only an in­fant. What I can tell you is that my mom wanted noth­ing more in the world than to be­come a mother,” she said. “She had ap­prox­i­mately one year to live life as a nor­mal fam­ily be­fore her life was taken from her.”

FBI of­fi­cials have said that in­ves­ti­ga­tors first thought Van Wisse had acted im­pul­sively but later said that they changed their opin­ion, be­liev­ing the crime was pre­med­i­tated.

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