Real Name: Michael Eschweiler
Aliases: None Known
Wanted For: Fraud, Forgery
Missing Since: June 1994
Details: Brett Pabst, one of the heirs to the Pabst Brewing Company millions, and Michael Eschweiler, a custom builder of extensive designer homes who was one of many architects in his family, appeared to be the ideal couple. They first met in 1984, and were in a seven year relationship until they married in 1991 and built their lakefront dream home in Waukesha County, Wisconsin. Then, on June 23, 1994, Brett and Michael were at breakfast when she reminded him about dinner plans with friends that evening. Michael said that he'd call her later, said goodbye and was never seen again.
When Michael failed to call or come home that night, Brett was extremely worried. She filed a missing persons report, and then contacted Michael's daughter from his first marriage. She was shocked when she learned that Michael had abandoned their family back in 1976 and that he had vanished without a trace for six years, apparently to get away from debts of over half a million dollars. Brett began looking through Michael's business records and found unpaid bills, forged checks, and fraudulent credit card receipts. It had appeared that Michael again had walked away from his financial problems. Authorities discovered he had five social security numbers, several credit cards, as well as a bank account under another identity.
For eight months, there was no trace of Michael until in February of 1995, he reportedly showed up in Houston, Texas, at the home of his ex-girlfriend, where he said he would turn himself in. However, he never turned himself in and hasn't been seen since. In November of 1994, Brett annulled her marriage to Michael and vowed everything in her power to bring him to justice.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the November 3, 1995 episode.
Results: Captured. After the second broadcast of his case, Eschweiler turned himself over to the FBI in Atlanta, Georgia. He was found guilty of theft in 1996. He was released from prison in 2000.
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