Chance Lee Wackerhagen

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Left and Center: Chance, circa 1993;
Right: Age-progression to age 28 (circa 2012)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: December 26, 1993 from Lockhart, Texas
  • Classification: Family Abduction
  • Date Of Birth: September 2, 1984
  • Age: 9 years old
  • Height and Weight: 4'8, 75 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Blond hair, blue/green eyes. Chance has a small dimple on his right cheek. He may use the last name Walker.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Chance was abducted by his non-custodial father, Lee Herman Wackerhagen Jr., from Lockhart, Texas on December 26, 1993. Lee's photos, an age-progressed image and vital statistics at the time of disappearance are posted below this case summary.

    Gaye Williams, Chance's mother, had custody of the child at the time of his abduction. Williams and Lee had divorced three years before. Chance left his mother's 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.

    Lee allegedly abducted his son shortly after the murder of Lee's live-in girlfriend, Latricia Gail White. A photograph of White is posted below this case summary. She had two children and worked as a nurse at Central Texas Medical Center at the time of her death. Her body was found at her home on December 27; she is believed to have been killed the previous day. She had been shot six times in the head with a .22 caliber gun. There were no indications of a struggle at her home. The Federal Bureau Of Investigation (FBI) has issued warrants for Lee's arrest on the following charges: murder, unlawful flight to avoid prosecution and interference with child custody. He had no criminal record prior to this and Williams does not believe he would have harmed Chance.

    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.

    Neither Chance nor his father have been seen again. Lee allegedly had a violent temper and was jealous and suspicious of White. Although police believe he murdered her, Lee's family believes White was killed by another person and both Lee and Chance met with foul play. Caution is advised when approaching them.

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    Above: Latricia White

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    Lee Herman Wackerhagen Jr.
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    Top Row and Bottom Left: Lee, circa 1993; Bottom Right: Age-progressed image at age 54 (circa 2007)

  • 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. He was employed as a truck driver prior to Chance's abduction, and had also worked as a backhoe operator.
  • Medical Conditions: Lee may be suicidal.
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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
    (FBI)
    202-324-3000

    OR
    Texas Department Of Public Safety
    800-346-3243

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

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    Updated 9 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated July 26, 2013; age-progression updated.

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