5/18/16 – The Texas Dept. of Public Safety (DPS) is asking for the public’s help in solving a missing person case from 1993, reports KIIITV news.
On 12/27/93, Latricia White, 38, was found shot and killed in Lockhart, Texas. She had been shot six times in the head with a .22 caliber weapon. Lee “Dub” Wackerhagen and his son, Chance, 9, from Kingsville were staying with Latricia during the Christmas holidays, during Dub’s visitation with Chance. Chance and Dub both went missing the day that Latricia was found murdered. It was not known if Lee abducted Chance after Latricia was murdered or if something happened to Dub and Chance. Now in 2017, after finding more evidence, the police believe that Dub and Chance were victims also. And they also believe that Chance may still be alive.
Wackerhagen’s 1986 Ford pickup was found abandoned in Austin, Texas about thirty miles from the crime scene. In the truck, investigators found Dub’s hunting rifle, which had not been fired, his checkbook, and his wallet and in the back were a toolbox, a spare tire, and Christmas gifts. Some of the gifts were unopened, and they were all streaked with blood, none of the blood matched Latricia. The results were inconclusive for anyone else. Police are stating now they believe that Dub and Chance were victims of foul play, and the crime was probably done by a person who was close to Latricia or Dub.
Kingsville Crime Stoppers is offering a reward up to $5,000 for information that leads to the whereabouts of Chance. To be eligible for the reward, a tipster must call the Texas Crime Stoppers line or Kingsville Crime Stoppers at 1-877-553-2374 or online at www.tipsubmit.com. All tips can be offered anonymously.
Individuals can also submit a tip through the Texas Rangers’ Cold Case website or contact the Missing Persons Clearinghouse at 1-800-346-3243.