The Texas Department of Public Safety is seeking help from the public in solving a murder and connected missing persons case from 1993 in Caldwell County.
The case involves the murder of Latricia White and the connected missing persons case of Lee “Dub” Wackerhagen and his son, Chance. As part of a DPS public awareness program, the unsolved case is being featured by the Texas Ranger Unsolved Crimes Investigation Team for May in an effort to generate new investigative leads and bring added attention to unresolved or cold cases in Texas.
According to DPS, on Dec. 27, 1993, 38-year old White was found dead in her home in McMahan; she had been shot. White was the mother of two and recently divorced. At the time of her death, White had guests, Lee Wackerhagen and his nine-year old son, staying with her during the holidays.
Both Lee and Chance Wackerhagen have been missing since that day and investigators now have evidence that both males were also victims of foul play. Investigators found nothing in the home appeared to be missing and believe that the murder was most likely a crime of passion committed by someone closely associated to one or more of the victims.
Since Chance Wackerhagen was living in Kingsville at the time of his disappearance. Kingsville CrimeStoppers is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the whereabouts of Chance. To be eligible for the reward, tipsters must call Kingsville Crime Stoppers at 877-553-2374 or online at tipsubmit.com. All tips can be offered anonymously.
Individuals can also submit a tip through the Texas Rangers’ Cold Case website or contact the Missing Persons Clearinghouse at 800-346-3243.
The Texas Ranger Unsolved Crimes Investigation Team was created to assist Texas law enforcement agencies investigating unsolved murders or what appear to be serial or linked criminal transactions. Since there is no statute of limitations for the offense of murder, investigators pursue these cases to a successful resolution; or until no other lead is viable.
In addition, DPS created the Texas Rangers’ Unsolved Homicides webpage aimed at renewing public interest in unsolved cases. The site features the division’s Top 12 Unsolved Cold Case Investigations, which includes two cases from each of the state’s six DPS regions. For more information, visit the Texas Rangers’ Cold Case website at dps.texas.gov/TexasRangers/UnsolvedHomicides/index.htm.