Real Name: Thomas Robert Nauss Jr.
Aliases: Tommy Noss
Wanted For: Murder, Assault, Rape, Escape
Missing Since: November 15, 1983
Details: In 1979, Thomas Nauss was convicted of first degree murder, indecent assault and rape against his twenty-one-year-old girlfriend, Elizabeth Ann Lande. She vanished on December 12, 1971, after leaving her home to visit him. Nauss was the prime suspect, but he could not be arrested at the time due to lack of evidence.
However, in 1977, he was arrested after a witness came forward. The witness, a friend of Nauss's, told police that Nauss had shown him Elizabeth's body. Nauss admitted to killing her and forced him to help bury her body. However, Nauss moved her remains before police could find them.
In November of 1983, he and drug manufacturer Hans Vorhaurer escaped from a Pennsylvania prison through a trunk that was delivered out of the prison. Vorhaurer was later caught, but Nauss remains at large.
Extra Notes: The case was featured as a part of a special alert in the February 8, 1989 episode, along with Lena Regina Smith, Carl Alfred Eder, and Joseph Mancini. He was also featured on America’s Most Wanted.
Results: Captured. In 1990, he was located in Michigan thanks to an AMW viewer; while on the run, he had a wife and two children. He was returned to the Pennsylvania prison, where he remains incarcerated. Sadly, Elizabeth's remains have never been found.
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