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Decompo

Tony DeCompo

Real Name: Angelo Anthony DeCompo
Aliases: Tony DeCompo
Wanted For: Abduction, Assault
Missing Since: December 1993

CaseEdit

Details: At a truck stop in rural Florida, a man named Tony DeCompo arrived a week before Christmas in 1993, claiming that he could neither hear nor speak. A woman named Valerie Earick felt sorry for him, especially after he was ridiculed by other truck drivers, and he began to tell her about how a Gulf War combat injury caused him to lose his hearing and speech and that he was stranded in Florida until his truck would be repaired. He told her about his family and how he grew fond of her; he proposed marriage, but Val refused, although she did allow him to stay at her house until his truck was repaired. On Christmas Eve, Val's mother Mary Daniel came to visit, and Tony wrote to her about his life and how his father was a Mafia kingpin, although the two didn't believe it. Then on December 26, Tony fell and hit his head, but then his hearing and speech returned. The next day, Tony returned and said that the Mafia was after him, and then he, Mary, Val, and Val's two children drove to Tampa in Mary's new Camaro. Tony's father supposedly lived there and he would be able to take the contract off of his life, but when they arrived, his father was nowhere to be found. They soon went from motel to motel, reportedly to stay away from the Mafia, and during this time, Mary took money from her account and gave it to Tony, who said he was using it to help keep them safe. By then, Mary's husband Rick became worried and headed to Tampa, where he went to after following the credit card transactions. At that time, Mary's bank card was seized by the ATM machine, and Tony claimed that the Mafia had found them. They then left the mall in Mary's car, and at that same time, Rick saw the car and began to follow them. When Tony asked if anyone was following them, Val, not recognizing her stepfather's car, said they were. Rick then made a split second decision to stop the car by shooting at the tires; this made Val and Mary truly believe that their lives were in danger. The shooting led Tony to change his plans; he released Mary and Val's kids, but took Val on a six state, 2000 mile journey of terror. Val was beaten severely by Tony, at one time causing her ear to bleed. Tony then took Val to the hospital, but for fear of Tony, she did not tell the hospital what had happened, and she became completely under Tony's control. Then, when they checked into a hotel, she found that her mother and children were safe, and that Tony's Mafia story was a complete lie. Val was able to escape and get to local police. When authorities went to question him, Tony DeCompo vanished. He faces one charge of assault and is believed to have victimized other people.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the November 1, 1996 episode of Unsolved Mysteries.
Results: Captured. DeCompo was located after he was arrested for an unrelated crime. It is unknown if he was convicted of the assault charge. Sadly Valerie Earick passed away in 2013.
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