(Memphis) A Memphis man wanted for first-degree murder and criminal attempt first-degree murder has eluded authorities since December 2005.
The U.S. Marshals Service added 49-year-old Robert Lee King to its 15 Most Wanted list in May 2009, and is offering a $25,000 reward for information that leads directly to his arrest.
King is described as a medium-complexioned black male, 6’2” and 185 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes.
King allegedly murdered his girlfriend, Dorothy Smith, and then tried to murder Smith’s 20-year-old daughter, Diana, in their South Memphis home on Dec. 1, 2005. Authorities say he hasn’t been seen since.
“At this point, we are casting the net nationwide,” Deputy U.S. Marshal Seth Bruce said.
Diana told authorities she woke up at 4 a.m. that day because of an argument between her mother and King. When she went to her mother’s bedroom, she said she saw King standing over and hitting Dorothy.
Diana says King chased her when she ran to get help, so she locked herself in her bedroom. King allegedly broke through the door and attacked her with a sharp object, cutting her neck. He then left the home.
When Diana checked on her mother, she found Dorothy lying on the bedroom floor, bleeding from a cut to her neck. Authorities say she was nearly decapitated, and rescue personnel pronounced her dead at the scene.
Diana, who was taken to the hospital in critical condition, later identified King in a line-up. She has since made a full recovery, and is helping authorities in their pursuit for justice.
“It was a horrible thing for this family to go through,” Bruce said.
Since King has evaded authorities for so long, Bruce said he believes it’s going to take the public’s help to find him, which is why they’re sharing this alert nationwide.
King could be in Mississippi, Illinois, Florida — anywhere really — and using any identity.
“When you look at his picture, account for age, account for how he might have changed. From what I understand, he was an auto-mechanic,” Bruce said.
He may be working on cars off the books. Some believe he could even be dressed as a woman.
“He was a very secretive man,” Bruce said. “He was not very close to his family, which is partly why we are having a hard time locating him.”
Anyone with helpful information should contact the nearest U.S. Marshals office, call the U.S. Marshals 24-hour hotline at 1-800-366-0102 or send a tip to firstname.lastname@example.org.