Sunday, August 11, 2019

The Kidnapping of John Weisbecker


John Weisbecker vanished under suspicious circumstances on March 11th, 2009. The 21 year-old was last seen at the home he shared with his mother and sister in Ocean City, New Jersey. A postal carrier spotted John at the house around 10:30am on the day of his disappearance. When his mother tried to call him about an hour later, John’s phone went straight to voicemail. John’s mother returned to their home around 9pm that evening and realized that John was not home. However, his car was still parked in the driveway. After a few hours passed with no sign of John, his mother reported him missing.

Throughout the investigation, detectives have stated that they believe John disappeared shortly before noon. His wallet and cell phone went missing with him, but his phone has been shut off and he has not accessed any of his bank accounts/credit cards since he disappeared. Detectives apparently also found evidence that John did not leave his home voluntarily. It is unclear what evidence was found—whether it was blood, gun shell casings, or some other sign of a struggle; but it is clear that investigators believe John was taken from the home against his will. In fact, the FBI was eventually brought into the investigation and has now classified John’s case as a kidnapping. Despite massive search efforts, a decade has passed without any clues to John’s whereabouts or any suspects in the case.

John’s loved ones have struggled  to find a motive for anyone to kidnap him. John was unemployed at the time of his disappearance, and his family members said that he did not have any known enemies. Many have theorized that John was involved in drug dealing or some other illegal activity, but investigators said that they “have no reason to believe John was involved in drugs in a major way.” Investigators have otherwise released very little about potential persons of interest, however they have stated that several people have been reluctant to fully cooperate with the investigation. Investigators also believe that more than one person is responsible for John’s disappearance, and that John was likely familiar with his kidnappers. In regards to the police investigating John’s friends, a detective working the case told reporters, “his friends have been a letdown. Step up and be a friend and come forward.”

There is a $50,000 reward for anyone who provides information about John’s whereabouts. If you have any information that could help the investigation, please contact the FBI Newark Division at (973) 792-3000. 

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