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Missing Carol Ann Riley
Riley, circa 1986; Robert Weeks, circa 1987
Missing Since 04/05/1986
San Diego, California
Classification Endangered Missing
Age 42 years old
Height and Weight 5'7, 130 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Brown hair, blue eyes. Riley wears contact lenses. She may use the last names Macoubrie and/or Wilcoxson.
Details of Disappearance Riley, a nurse, was last seen by coworker following a clinic conference at her workplace, Scripps Clinic in San Diego, California, on April 5, 1986. She spoke to her boss on the phone at 5:30 p.m., and this is the last time anyone heard from her. She has never been seen again. A few days after her disappearance, her car was found abandoned in a hotel parking lot in San Diego.
At the time of her disappearance, Riley was involved with a man she knew as Robert Howard Smith. She had a dinner date with him planned for the day of her disappearance, and told friends she was planning to break up with him. She was seeing another man as well, a doctor from Colorado, and planned to marry this man. When questioned by police, Smith claimed she had canceled their dinner date and he had no idea what happened to her. On April 7, just two days after Riley's disappearance, Smith left town, telling his roommate he was going on a business trip, and dropped out of sight.
Police launched a manhunt for Robert, and he and the four disappearances were profiled on the television show Unsolved Mysteries. Thanks to tips from people who saw the show, in April 1987 he was located in Tucson, Arizona, where he'd been living under the name Charles F. Stolzenberg. He was arrested on an outstanding embezzlement charge out of Nevada, and questioned about the four disappearances. In July 1987, he was indicted for Patricia and Jabour's murders.
A photo of Robert is posted with this case summary. At his trial, numerous witnesses testified that he was a controlling and abusive man, prone to jealous rages. Two of his and Patricia's children took the stand to talk about how their father had beaten their mother on numerous occasions; others corroborated this, and Patricia had twice gotten restraining orders against her husband. Witnesses also testified that when Robert saw Patricia sitting next to a male neighbor on a piano bench, he beat the man so severely he was unrecognizable, and didn't regain consciousness for three days.
Passages from Robert's diary were presented for the jury; he wrote bitterly about Jabour, saying, "You have humiliated me beyond belief. I will even the score." The jury was permitted to hear about Riley's suspicious disappearance as well.
In April 1988, he was convicted of Patricia's murder and Jabour's murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole. It was the first time in Nevada history that someone was convicted of murder without the victim's body. He died in prison in 1996; he was never charged in Riley and Shaw's disappearances. None of the bodies of the missing people connected to him have ever been found. He was interested in mining, and may have dumped them in mine shafts in the Nevada desert.
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