UNSOLVED: Robert Wagner, Cambridge, ON – (1991)

Robert Wagner, 31, was found on Jan. 22, 1991, in his Cambridge apartment, dead from multiple stab wounds.

Police believe he was murdered sometime between late afternoon on Jan. 21 and noon on Jan. 22, and no weapon was ever found.

He was found by a friend who checked up on him after he failed to show up for work as a welder at Babcock & Wilcox and didn’t answer his phone.

But just before Christmas 1990, Robert Wagner apparently confided in his late brother-in-law, Roy Bartlett, telling him he would be dead in three weeks.

Wagner was a small-time drug dealer, selling “small amounts” of hashish and cocaine. Police believe he was likely murdered by one of his customers.

According to Wagner’s sister Phyllis, Robert was “really deep” into the Cambridge drug scene, more than police reported, but downplayed his involvement.

Roberts mother said police told her only her son’s DNA was found at the scene, but police refused to release to the media if there was DNA evidence.

In 1999 the OPP’s behavioural science’s division create a killer’s profile, which had proved accurate in other cases.

The profile, based on crime scene photos, as well as police reports about the homicide, suggested the killer had a history of imprisonment, was of average intelligence, was street smart, manipulative, deceptive, in a relationship filled with strife and was violent. It was also believed he had an older-model car that was in poor condition.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 519-570-9777 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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