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Real Name: William Peter Fischer
Aliases: William Alan Fischer
Wanted For: Murder
Missing Since: February 27, 1987


Details: Twenty-one-year-old Nancy Hyer and nineteen-year-old Billy Fischer met by chance in 1986. He first saw her on a train to New York City. She had become lost and was on the verge of tears when he stepped forward and volunteered to escort her back home to Hicksville, Long Island. They began a close friendship. On a stormy night three weeks later, she received a call from him, asking for a ride home from his father William's house in Southampton, an hour and a half away. Thinking to return his kindness, she agreed.
Little did Nancy know she was heading into a family conflict that was about to turn violent. Billy had cystic fibrosis, a degenerative respiratory disease, and was overwhelmed with medical bills. William worked for a car dealership and had abandoned the family fifteen years earlier. Even though they hadn't spoken to each other in over a year, he had gone to Southampton to ask him for help. It is unknown how he got there. But a day later, he had called Nancy to take him home.

Nancy Hyer and Billy Fischer

When Nancy hadn't returned home or called by the next morning, her mother, Joan, became concerned. She called the police, but was told that Nancy had not been gone long enough to be reported missing. She and her other daughter, Debra, searched Nancy's room for clues. They found William's telephone number and contacted him. He told them that she and Billy had left Southampton shortly after dinner. He suggested they might have gone somewhere else before heading home.
Two days later, Nancy's family filed a missing persons report. However, with no proof of foul play, there was little the police could do. Joan decided to call William a few more times and he became increasingly confrontational. She became more suspicious of him. Ten days later, the police found Nancy's car abandoned in a parking lot two miles from his house. She and Billy were found dead in the trunk. He had been shot eighteen times at close range, and she had been stabbed to death.
At that same time, neighbors reported seeing William painting the master bedroom walls. When the police secured a search warrant for his house, they recovered two .22 caliber bullets from the master bedroom wall, with a single strand of Billy's hair fused to one of them. Blood and fibers matching the victims were found in the vacuum cleaner. Further tests revealed blood splattered along the hallway outside the bedroom, consistent with an individual having been stabbed in that area. The evidence clearly implicated William, but the brutality of his crimes obscured his motive.
The police sought a warrant for murder against William. But before it could be issued, he disappeared. His car was found abandoned at JFK Airport on February 27, 1987. He has evaded arrest on murder charges for decades. He would now be seventy-seven-years-old; he was born on October 4, 1944. He is 5'11" tall, weighs about 185-200 pounds, and has salt-and-pepper brown hair and blue eyes. He also has a tattoo on his right bicep that reads "Mary" and a tracheotomy scar. He wears expensive clothes, drinks heavily, and may have fled the country.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the August 16, 2002 episode. It was also profiled on America’s Most Wanted.
Results: Wanted. Sadly, Joan passed away on January 10, 2014 at the age of seventy-two. Due to the passage of time and his drug and alcohol abuse, it is possible that William is also deceased. However, he has not been located.