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Thread: FL - Robert Wiles, 26, Lakeland, 1 April 2008 - Toby Holt guilty of manslaughter

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    Let's bring Robert Wiles home, FB page.
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    http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/...1_robert-wiles
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    Now, nearly a year after Wiles disappeared, federal investigators feel "very confident" they are close to sealing up the case against the abductors -- and they are asking the public for help.
    Investigators have identified a key suspect and a "few individuals of interest" who have ties to Orlando, Melbourne and Lakeland, either by living or working in the cities, FBI Special Agent Dave Couvertier said Monday.
    Agents aren't ready to publicly name their prime suspect or the others. Instead, they are asking people to come forward if they have ever heard anyone talk about Wiles in a jealous or negative way, or if they know someone who seems to be obsessed with Wiles or his family.
    "We are asking that if they have any information, even if it's a hunch, a gut feeling, to please contact the FBI," Couvertier said.
    Note demanded money
    Pamela and Thomas Wiles, who live in Ohio, didn't realize their son had disappeared last year until they found the ransom note.
    Robert Wiles was at work the morning of April 1, but what unfolded that afternoon and early evening is unclear. His car was found at the business. He failed to catch a flight out of Orlando to Dallas the next morning.
    Investigators won't say how the parents found the ransom message, or disclose details about the demand, but Couvertier said it was "signed in a specific and unique way."
    "The family did the best they could to adhere to it. They were very cooperative back then. They were willing to do whatever they could to secure his return," Couvertier said.

    ..more at link...

    This was written in 3/2009, and no updates since.
    I wonder what happened.
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    'snipped' from 3/3/2009 article.
    FBI agents have developed a prime suspect and persons of interest who they think live in Central Florida, but they need more information.
    The family is offering a $250,000 reward.
    If you have information on the kidnapping of Robert Wiles, call the FBI's Tampa office at (866) 838-1153 or 813-253-1000.
    Anonymous tips also can be mailed to the FBI at: 5525 W. Gray St., Tampa FL 33609. Or you can ask someone from the clergy or an attorney to contact the agency on your behalf; the FBI says it is will honor confidentiality.
    The family also has an e-mail available for information. Send any leads to them at missing@nationalflight.com

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    Arrest

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/12/18/flo...lot/index.html

    Authorities arrested Stobert "Tobie" Holt Jr., 42, Friday in Orlando, Florida, after he arrived from Colombia, where he was on a business trip, according to Tampa-based FBI spokesman David Couvertier.

    Holt faces state charges of first degree murder, kidnapping, extortion, and intent to inflict death or serious bodily harm, the spokesman said. The arrest was made by police from Lakeland, Florida, the Polk County Sheriff's Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, who were accompanied by FBI agents, he said.

    Though authorities now believe Wiles was killed, they don't know where his body is, he said.
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    Arrest

    There are two threads for him, so I posted on both:

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/12/18/flo...lot/index.html

    Authorities arrested Stobert "Tobie" Holt Jr., 42, Friday in Orlando, Florida, after he arrived from Colombia, where he was on a business trip, according to Tampa-based FBI spokesman David Couvertier.

    Holt faces state charges of first degree murder, kidnapping, extortion, and intent to inflict death or serious bodily harm, the spokesman said. The arrest was made by police from Lakeland, Florida, the Polk County Sheriff's Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, who were accompanied by FBI agents, he said.

    Though authorities now believe Wiles was killed, they don't know where his body is, he said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by angelmom View Post
    http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/12/18/flo...lot/index.html

    Authorities arrested Stobert "Tobie" Holt Jr., 42, Friday in Orlando, Florida, after he arrived from Colombia, where he was on a business trip, according to Tampa-based FBI spokesman David Couvertier..
    This is such a weird case...thanks for posting, angelmom. I've been curious about this case for awhile - how sad for the family. There's really been very little coverage of it, which is really surprising.
    Last edited by hoppyfrog; 12-20-2009 at 12:19 AM. Reason: speculation
    Some people do crossword puzzles or Soduko in their spare time...I look at skeletal reconstructions and work on UID puzzles. I swear I'm not this morbid in person!

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    I'm new to websleuths and wanted to express my sorrow to this family. It did not look good for some time but this pretty much confirms their worst fears.
    Last edited by hoppyfrog; 12-20-2009 at 12:20 AM. Reason: response to speculation

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    New Documents Released in Case of Missing Lakeland Man

    http://www.theledger.com/article/201...g-Lakeland-Man

    By Jason Geary
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    Published: Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at 3:50 p.m.
    Last Modified: Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at 3:50 p.m.


    Newly released documents in the case of Robert Arthur Wiles, a Lakeland man reported missing in 2008, give clues to the prosecution’s case against Stobert “Toby” Holt Jr., who is accused of killing Wiles.

    The documents detail an anonymous call, a demand for ransom and the threat of violence if the demand was not met.

    So begins the complex case that reads like a plot for a Hollywood thriller. Prosecutors have released more than 800 pages of documents with thousands more to go.

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    Judge Sets Bond For Suspect In Missing Pilot Case

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    Judge Sets Bond For Suspect In Missing Pilot Case
    Friday, February 12, 2010 7:28:26 PM

    BARTOW-- A $300,000 bond was set Friday for Stolbert Holt, the man accused of kidnapping and killing Lakeland pilot Robert Wiles.

    Holt also cannot live outside of Polk County and will be monitored by an electronic ankle bracelet. He must also surrender all firearms he owns

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    UPDATE:

    BARTOW | Prosecutors have released more than 800 pages of documents, with thousands more to go, in the complex murder and kidnapping case involving a Lakeland man who disappeared in 2008. The records read like a plot for a Hollywood thriller with an e-mail being sent to a rich businessman, Tom Wiles, demanding $750,000 or his son would be killed.

    Stobert "Toby" Holt Jr., 42, of Melbourne, is accused of killing Wiles' son, Robert Arthur Wiles, whose body has never been found, and being behind the ransom plot.

    A grand jury indicted Holt in December on charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping, extortion and writing threats to kill or do bodily harm. He remains in the Polk County Jail without bail, but has a hearing scheduled for Friday to argue that a judge should set bail.

    http://www.theledger.com/article/20100210/NEWS/2105059

    Outlines the state's case. Though circumstantial, it appears pretty solid:

    http://www.theledger.com/article/20100212/news/2125056

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    Bizarre Murder Trial Involving Missing Lakeland Man Draws National Spotlight

    The trial of a bizarre and complex murder case involving a missing Lakeland man began Monday and has drawn national media attention.

    The television program "48 Hours" has installed cameras to record footage of Stobert "Toby" Holt's trial, according to court officials.

    Holt, who worked for an aircraft repair company at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, is accused of kidnapping his boss' son, devising a failed $750,000 ransom plot, killing the son, and making the body disappear.

    The trial is estimated to last about three weeks.

    More: http://www.theledger.com/article/201...NEWS/120109368
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    Stobert Holt guilty in death of missing Lakeland pilot Robert Wiles

    http://www.wtsp.com/news/local/artic...Lakeland-pilot

    6:17 PM, Jan 31, 2012

    BARTOW, Florida (AP) - A central Florida man has been convicted in the death of his former boss' missing son.

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    What Happened To Robert Wiles?

    Back on April 1, 2008, a handsome young man from an affluent family disappeared without a trace. Robert Wiles, 26, is described by his loved ones as an athletic, charismatic, adventurous person with a fierce love for life; the water and flying particularly.

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    An astounding $750,000 ransom demand was sent from his cell phone, assuring Robert’s safe return in exchange for the money, and signed by Group X.

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    Robert’s assumed killer, 44-year-old Stobert "Toby" Holt, Jr., had been a co-worker and the last reported person to see him alive. Holt was convicted and sentenced to a total of 30 years in prison. The jury deliberated for only four hours. Holt’s future loomed on charges of kidnapping, extortion, intent to inflict bodily-harm, and murder.

    A Polk County Circuit judge slapped Holt with two consecutive 15-year sentences of manslaughter after the jury returned with guilty verdict.

    The punishment would seem to fit the crime if not for the fact that the case was won with no body, no forensics, and no cause of death (if dead), no weapon, no witnesses, no surveillance, no ransom pick up, no financial trail, and no outright motive.

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    To this day Robert Wiles has not been found, dead or alive.

    What do you think happened to Robert Wiles? Do you think it’s possible he chose to leave his life and create another one elsewhere? Do you think it’s possible if he had been killed that someone else may have been responsible? Do you think the jury failed to consider the circumstances beyond a reasonable doubt?

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    I'm not sure if this is the place to post this but, they found some human bones in a container not far from the airport where he went missing.

    http://www.theledger.com/article/201...30919009?tc=cr

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christi View Post
    I'm not sure if this is the place to post this but, they found some human bones in a container not far from the airport where he went missing.

    http://www.theledger.com/article/201...30919009?tc=cr
    I hope they check and see if those remains could be his. I would imagine they would, considering it was such a high profile case (I am watching a rerun of his episode of 48 Hours on ID now - so heartbreaking) in the area. I am in the Tampa Bay area, and I have vague memories of hearing about this when it happened. The guy they convicted looked so slimy - I hope that he allows the family to have some peace and just tell them where their son is. The family looks so desperate, so broken over this, and they said they have no interest in more charges - they just want answers. They deserve them. This case is so, so sad...
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    Added to Namus on 9/27/2013 for a black female found in Polk County on 9/17/2013. Nothing is noted about the plastic container though. But I don't think two were found that day so I think its the same find and if so, not Robert.
    https://identifyus.org/en/cases/11635

    Robert has been missing for 6 years now.

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