Real Name: Jesse Howell
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Location: Ocala, Florida
Date: March 1997
Details: In 1997, 16-year-old Wendy Von Hubben ran away with her boyfriend, 19-year-old Jesse Howell, from her Illinois home after Jesse promised to take her around the world. They left in Jesse's car and went on a whirlwind journey, along with another couple, sleeping in the car and stopping in different states. They ended up in Florida where they parted ways with the other couple. They ran out of money and began living under a bridge near Dade City. Finally, Wendy called her parents and asked for $200 for bus tickets home for her and Jesse.
A few days later, Jesse was found bludgeoned to death near railroad tracks in Marion County, Florida. Police suspected that Wendy also met with foul play. Several weeks later, the Von Hubbens received a call from Wendy in which she only said, "I love you Mom." A few moments later, she called back and said she was calling from a pay phone at a gas station in Kankakee. She said the phone did not have a phone number posted on it; then the line went dead.
Police traced the phone to a Union 76 station, reviewed the station's surveillance tape and spotted Wendy; her parents watched the tape and agreed. Some local drifters told police that Wendy was travelling with a one-legged railroad car rider known as "Bob," who has since been identified as Bobby Ray Taylor. Authorities cannot confirm that Bobby and Wendy are together or if the witnesses are mistaken, as some believe that Wendy is dead and was killed by the same person who killed Jesse.
Suspects: None known
Extra Notes: The case was featured as a part of the April 17, 1998 episode. This case was also profiled on Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case.
Results: Solved. Wendy's remains were later found and identified; she and Jesse had been victims of Angel Maturino Resendiz, who was known as "the railroad killer." He confessed to their murders in 2000 while already on death row for killing a Houston doctor; he later confessed to 9 other murders and has since been executed.