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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!

    Help Fred Murray find his daughter and bring her home. He should not be walking those woods alone!
    What Happened to Maura Murray? http://www.mauramurraymissing.com

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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
    THE LEDGER


    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

    http://www.cfnews13.com/News/Local/2...ilot_case.html

    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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    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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    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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    Unidentified human remains found in Lakeland: http://www.dailyridge.com/en/2017/11...off-combee-rd/

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    Some background:

    A jury found Stobert “Toby” Holt guilty Tuesday of manslaughter, extortion and writing threats to kill or do bodily harm in the case of a missing Lakeland man.

    Jurors concluded Holt killed his boss’ son, Robert Wiles, who has been missing since 2008. However, they acquitted Holt of kidnapping...

    Originally, Holt was charged with first-degree murder. However, the jury found him guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter...

    Assistant State Attorney Cass Castillo argued a complex web of circumstantial evidence reveals Holt was the culprit.

    Holt and Wiles worked together at the Wiles’ family aircraft repair business, National Flight Services, at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport.

    Holt was the operations manager, and Wiles was a salesman.

    Wiles was 26 when last seen April 1, 2008.

    Wiles’ cellphone was used to send a ransom email on April 2, 2008, that was signed by “Group X” and used to send a text message to Wiles’ father the next day. Under the direction of law enforcement, Wiles’ father left a package but it was never picked up.
    http://www.theledger.com/news/201201...-of-kidnapping

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    2014:

    A Lakeland-based appellate court decided Wednesday to uphold the convictions against Stobert “Toby” Holt who is serving a 30-year prison sentence in the disappearance of his boss’ son.
    The 2nd District Court of Appeal did not grant Holt’s request for a new trial.
    In January 2012, a jury found Holt, 46, guilty on charges related to the death of Robert Wiles, who was 26 when last seen April 1, 2008.
    Holt and Wiles worked together at the Wiles family’s aircraft repair business, National Flight Services, at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport.
    http://www.theledger.com/news/201405...f-lakeland-man

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    Ransom demand:

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    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...ing-years.html


    The note said: 'We have Robert, if you hope to see him alive again, you must follow our instructions without deviation! Do not speak about this to anyone, including family.'

    There was a five-day deadline of April 8, and so, after drafting in the FBI, Tom, who lived in Toledo, Ohio, set off to Florida.

    He wired the money to a Florida bank with the idea that he would use it as bait to entice the abductor. But officers rejected that plan and filled it with coffee that weighed the same amount as the cash.

    They placed the box, as demanded, in Robert's office. A secret camera was set up to record what happened, and armed SWAT teams hid close by. But no-one ever came to collect the loot.

    It was during this time the FBI turned its attention to Tom, who had separated from Pamela some years earlier and had just reached a deal where she would receive $750,000...

    Pamela was also under the spotlight, as was former colleague mechanic Steve Lindsey who had been sacked because of a drink problem....

    Then came the bombshell, from his barber Janie Bear, that Wiles could still be alive. She said he once told her 'he was frustrated with his life'.

    She said Robert had learned his father carried a kidnapping insurance policy and ended their conversation by saying: 'Please don't tell anybody I told you all this'.

    But family members say Robert would never be that selfish and the investigation took another turn as officers spoke to Joel Valle, the the owner of another airplane engine repair business.
    Last edited by Rayemonde; 11-10-2017 at 08:51 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gardener1850 View Post
    Unidentified human remains found in Lakeland: http://www.dailyridge.com/en/2017/11...off-combee-rd/
    Not Robert. Identified as Richard Allen Compton: http://www.theledger.com/news/201711...omeless-man-53

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