FBI Probing Robert Durst
Put this one in the "bettler late than never" file. The FBI has taken a deep interest in Robert Durst and is investigating Durst as a potential suspect in a variety of missing person and murder cases across the U.S. It started during the summer when agents began looking at the case of Karen Mitchell, the 16-year old from Eureka, Ca. who vanished in 1997. Durst lived in nearby Trinidad at the time and had frequented a homeless shelter where Mitchell had volunteered. He had also visited Mitchell at a local shoe store where she worked. Law enforcement officials in the San Francisco Bay Area happened upon the Mitchell case in 2003 while investigating the disappearance of another young woman, Kristen Modafferi. Mitchell vanished after she was last seen getting into a car with an older man. An eyewitness gave the police in Eureka a composite that looked exactly like - Robert Durst. It just happened that the eyewitness was a neighbor of Durst's in nearby Trinidad who fled the area soon after giving the spot-on description to police. The Bay Area cops did all they could to convince the Eureka police chief to take a serious look at Durst, but their pleas were dismissed. And that was after they subpoened Durst's credit card records, which showed Durst flew into Eureka the morning that Mitchell disappeared. I originally reported on Durst's connection to the Mitchell disappearance in 2003 while he was awaiting trial for the Morris Black murder, and during the trial I was told then by someone close to Durst's defense team that Durst thought he would be indicted for Mitchell. He never was.
The FBI has spoken with the original Bay Area investigators and with the Eureka police. The FBI is also looking at Durst at other cases in the U.S. where body parts have either been unearthed or recently surfaced. I'm told it's a serious look on their part. Stay tuned.
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