Lee Herman Wackerhagen Jr.

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Top Row and Bottom Left and Center: Lee, circa 1993;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 54 (circa 2007)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: December 26, 1993 from Lockhart, Texas
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: September 19, 1953
  • Age: 40 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'0 - 6'4, 230 - 240 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Dark blond hair, blue eyes. Lee had a mustache at the time of his 1993 disappearance, and he wears eyeglasses. He has scars on both arms and on his right leg. Lee's nickname is Dub and he may use the alias name Doug Walker.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Lee and his son, Chance Wackerhagen, disappeared from Lockhart, Texas on December 26, 1993. Lee and Chance's mother, Gaye Williams, had divorced three years earlier and Williams had custody. Chance left his mother's Kingsville, Texas home on December 17 to spend the Christmas holidays with his father. The child last spoke to Williams on Christmas Day, asking for permission to stay a few days longer with Lee. She says he sounded happy and was excited about his Christmas presents. Williams gave him permission to stay longer and told him to call her later to set up a time to return home. She never heard from Chance again.

    Latricia Gail White, Lee's live-in girlfriend, was found murdered in their apartment on December 27; authorities believe she had been killed a day earlier. She had been shot six times in the head with a .22 caliber gun. A photo of White is posted below this case summary. She was 38 years old, recently divorced, had two children and worked as a nurse at Central Texas Medical Center at the time of her death. There were no indications of a struggle at the crime scene and nothing appeared to be missing, but Lee and Chance were nowhere to be found.

    Lee's green 1986 Ford pickup truck was found abandoned in east Austin, Texas at 1:00 a.m., three days after the murder. Inside the truck authorities found Lee's hunting rifle, which hadn't been fired. They also found his checkbook, his wallet, a toolbox, a spare tire and some bloodstained Christmas gifts, some of them unopened. The blood was originally thought to be White's, but testing proved it wasn't her blood type. Four months after Lee and Chance disappeared, Chance's maternal grandfather got an anonymous phone call at his home. The caller said "help me" and then hung up. Chance's grandfather believes the call was from his grandson, but this hasn't been confirmed.

    Authorities initially believed Lee had murdered White and fled with Chance; Lee reportedly had a violent temper and was jealous and suspicious of White. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued warrants for his arrest on charges of murder, interference with custody and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. The warrants remained active for the next 25 years, but there was no sign of either Lee or his son. Lee had no prior criminal record, and Williams stated she didn't believe he would have harmed Chance.

    In the spring of 2016, authorities reopened the case and announced they had evidence that both Lee and Chance were victims of foul play. There has been no indication of their whereabouts since 1993. Investigators believe White's murder was probably a crime of passion committed by someone who had a close relationship with one or more of the victims. Lee is now considered a missing person and possible homicide victim rather than a fugitive. He worked as a truck driver at the time of his disappearance, and had previously been a backhoe operator. White's murder remains unsolved and the search for Lee and Chance continues.

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    Above: Latricia White

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Kingsville Police Department
    361-593-1700

    OR
    Federal Bureau Of Investigation
    202-324-3000

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    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Texas Department Of Public Safety
    Unsolved Mysteries
    The Doe Network
    The Austin American-Statesman
    The Corpus Christi Caller-Times
    The San Marcos Record

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    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated May 24, 2016; casefile added.

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