Real Name: Chance Lee Wackerhagen
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Location: Lockhart, Texas
Date: December 26, 1993
Date of Birth: September 2, 1984
Weight: 75 pounds
Marital Status: Single
Characteristics: Caucasian male, blond hair, blue-green eyes
Details: On December 27, 1993, Latricia White was found by her father, Jack, shot six times in the head in her home. Police soon found that her live-in boyfriend, Dub Wackerhagen, had vanished, along with his son, Chance. Dub was immediately considered a suspect. However, his family believe that both he and Chance were also victims of Latricia's killers.
Three days after the murder, Dub's pickup truck was found abandoned thirty miles away in Austin, Texas. Investigators noted that this was a high-crime area. In the cab, they found Dub's hunting rifle, checkbook, and wallet. In the back was a toolbox, spare tire, and several Christmas presents. All the items in the back were covered with blood. However, the blood did not belong to Latricia, and blood tests against Dub and Chance were inconclusive.
Investigating the case, authorities found that Dub was jealous and abusive in their relationship; he often yelled at her and wanted to know where she was at all times. However, Dub's sister claims that the fights were not serious. His ex-wife also said that he had a temper and was abusive at times. Four days before the murder, a friend witnessed an argument between him and Latricia about Chance leaving the faucet running, which overflowed onto the floor. After she yelled at Chance, Dub told her that they were leaving and they left. However, three days later, they were back together again at a restaurant and all seemed fine.
Later the next day, Latricia was found shot to death. Three days later, Dub was charged with murder. However, his family believes that he is innocent and that an unknown person killed all three. Authorities however believe that his hair-trigger temper led him to murder Latricia and take Chance. They believe that Chance may have been the trigger of the fatal argument between the couple.
Four months after the murder, Chance's maternal grandfather received a call apparently from Chance that said, "Help me! Help me!" He is certain that it was from Chance, but Dub's family believes that it was a hoax. Neither Dub nor Chance have ever been found.
Suspects: Dub Wackerhagen
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the February 17, 1995 episode.
Results: Unresolved. Interestingly, Dub's father committed suicide in 1999, but it is unknown if it was related to the case. For years, authorities believed that he and Chance fled to Mexico shortly after Latricia was killed, but their whereabouts remained unknown.
In Spring 2016, the authorities re-examined the case and felt they now have evidence that both Dub and Chance had been murdered by an unknown third assailant. They are no longer considered fugitives, but their remains have not been found nor has their killer been identified.
- Chance Wackerhagen on Unsolved.com
- Chance Wackerhagen on the Charley Project
- The search for Chance goes on
- Investigators reopen 1993 Texas murder case