Travis County murder defendant who fled is candidate for ‘Most Wanted’


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A judge allowed murder defendant Kevin Waguespack to remove an ankle monitor after he bailed out of jail

U.S. Marshal’s Service says Waguespack has gone “entirely off the grid” and had ample time to plan his flight

Federal officials searching for a Travis County murder defendant say he has vanished with no trace of cell phone or credit card use as they work to get him on the FBI’s “Most Wanted” list.

Kevin Waguespack is accused of murder in his girlfriend’s 2015 death, but fled after a judge allowed him to remove an ankle monitor he had been assigned when he posted bail.

Waguespack may have been planning to leave the area for a significant period, allowing him to stash money and other means for survival, said Hector Gomez, a supervisory deputy for the U.S. Marshals Service. He could also be receiving help, he said.

“If there were others involved, or if he had a plan to intentionally not appear before the court, then that certainly puts us days, if not weeks, at a disadvantage in now trying to find him,” Gomez said Tuesday. “In our estimation right now, we don’t know where he is at. I would conclude that he has vanished, at least from the Austin-Travis County area.”

READ: Judge Tamara Needles’ ruling is questioned after murder defendant flees

Waguespack is accused of killing Catherine Dyer in 2015. When police arrived at their apartment, they found she had trauma to her head and body.

A decision by state District Judge Tamara Needles earlier this year to remove a monitoring device sparked a backlash from prosecutors, including District Attorney Margaret Moore, who criticized the decision. Waguespack’s attorney had requested that the device be removed for employment reasons.

Gomez said officials think it is unlikely that Waguespack has traveled to Mexico because he has no connections there. Instead, they said it is more likely that he’s camping or could be staying in a homeless shelter outside of the region.

READ: Murder charge dropped after medical examiner’s flip-flop

He said had Waguespack planned his flight, he would have had time to collect food or get a fake identification.

“At this point, he’s entirely off the grid,” he said.

Gomez said agents have questioned Waguespack’s friends and family members, and have interviewed others who visited Waguespack in jail about where he may be. None has offered no clues, he said.

He said officials also continue to monitor social media and are submitting an application to the FBI for the “Most Wanted” list, which they hope will bring national attention to the case.

If Waguespack is captured, he faces a new felony charge of bail jumping. His bail has been set at $2 million.



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