Robert Joseph Fritz

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Left: Robert, circa 1983;
Right: Age-progression at age 32 (circa 2009)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: May 14, 1983 from Campbellsport, Wisconsin
  • Classification: Non-Family Abduction
  • Date Of Birth: August 5, 1977
  • Age: 5 years old
  • Height and Weight: 4'0, 50 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Blond hair, blue eyes. Robert has a strawberry birthmark on his outer left thigh just above his knee. At the time of his disappearance it was two inches by three inches, or about the size of a cigarette pack; it may be larger now and lighter in color. Robert had difficulty pronouncing the letters T, K and R at the time of his disappearance. His nickname is Bobby Joe, which is sometimes spelled "Bobbie Joe."
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A red, blue and gray short-sleeved shirt, dark blue pants and brown cowboy boots.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Robert was last seen playing in an empty lot in his family's Campbellsport, Wisconsin neighborhood on May 14, 1983. The lot was beside the Mill Pond/Milwaukee River in the area where the Campbellsport Firehouse now stands. He was with his sister and friends approximately one-half block from the family's residence when he was last seen. Sometime between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m., he told his sister he was hungry and was going to walk home. Robert never arrived home and has never been heard from again. The toy gun he'd been playing with was later found.

    After Robert's disappearance, an extensive search was made of the Milwaukee River and the Mill Pond, on the theory that he had drowned. No trace of him was ever found. He lived with his mother and six siblings on east Main Street, Highway 67, at the time of his disappearance; his father and some other siblings lived in Illinois. Robert's father has since died and his mother has moved away from the Campbellsport area. Authorities eventually concluded that he must have been abducted, since their thorough search turned up no sign of him. His case remains unsolved and no suspects have ever been named in his disappearance.

    Robert closely resembled his brother, Tony, in childhood and may look like him as an adult. A photograph of Tony is posted below this case summary.

    Tony
    Above: Tony Fritz

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Fond Du Lac County Sheriff's Office
    803-642-1761

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    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    Child Protection Education Of America
    For Bobby Joe
    The Child Seek Network
    Newspaper Archive
    The Fond Du Lac Reporter

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    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated January 25, 2011; age-progression updated.

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