Some news in Chance Wackerhagen’s disappearance

Per this article, the police no longer believe Chance Wackerhagen‘s father, Lee “Dub” Wackerhagen Jr., murdered his live-in girlfriend and then abducted Chance. The two have been missing since Christmas 1993, after Lee’s girlfriend, Latricia White, was found shot to death in her home. At present, Lee is listed as Chance’s abductor in his casefile. But the cops have a new theory, that someone else killed Latricia and that Lee and Chance also met with foul play.

That’s something I had considered myself, because it seems like those two dropped off the face of the earth. I didn’t think Lee had the kind of skills and resources necessary to keep himself and his son off the radar for so long when he was wanted for murder, and it seems like Chance would have found some way to call home if he could have. (And perhaps he did. See casefile.) I thought both of them had probably died a very short time after Latricia did, but I didn’t know if it was a murder-suicide situation or if another person altogether had been involved.

Now that I have the police endorsing this new theory, I’m not really sure how best to update Chance’s casefile. Should I make a whole new casefile for Lee as a missing person in his own right, do you think?

The article also has a color version of my previous black-and-white photo of Chance. I have replaced the photo accordingly.

Chance Wackerhagen

The San Marcos Record did an article about the 1993 disappearance of Chance Wackerhagen. The article didn’t really say much that his Charley casefile doesn’t have already, but at least he got a little bit of publicity after all this time.

It’s a very unusual case, largely because Chance and his father seem to have disappeared without a trace. I’m inclined to think they’re both dead. Lee Wackerhagen was just a truck driver. He would likely have had contacts spread across the country as a result of his job, but he probably didn’t have the money and know-how to completely change his and his son’s identity and walk off the face of the earth. And Chance was old enough to remember his family and he’d be an adult now; I think he would have contacted his loved ones by now if he could have. I’m wondering about the possibility of a murder-suicide, but if so, where are the bodies? Or perhaps Lee and Chance left the country and that’s why there’s been no trace of them.

It’s a shame the Amber Alert wasn’t in existence when Chance went missing. His disappearance would definitely qualify and they might have found him if they’d used an Amber.

He’s out there somewhere. Alive, I hope, but I expect not.