Robert Wiles is missing and presumed dead.
He was a young pilot, and working in the family business, National Flight Service.
Since he was the heir-apparent to take over his father’s company, Robert was learning the business from the ground up.
But because the 26-year-old didn’t have any business experience, tensions and friction with the other employees quickly escalated.
Then one day Robert’s dad receives a ransom note via email, demanding that he cough up $750,000 or else he would never see his son again. The ransom note claimed that Robert had been kidnapped.
And sure enough, Robert never showed up to a prearranged meeting.
He, in fact, had disappeared.
So the FBI gets involved, placing luggage ostensibly loaded with money in Robert’s office, which were the drop-off instructions outlined in the ransom.
One of Mr. Wiles’s most trusted employees, Toby Holt, is also assisting the FBI with their sting, changing the hidden camera tapes each day at the office.
But then… pay dirt: Robert’s phone is turned on and being tracked by authorities. The phone is in a car on a toll road with a camera above the pay booth two days after the disappearance.
The car is identified, and it’s someone who works with Robert, a person who was never initially suspected by the family or FBI.
In fact, the person allegeldy with Robert’s phone was not only a revered employee, but was the same guy who was helping the FBI organize the sting to catch the kidnapper:
Turns out Holt also was the last person in the building with Robert the night he went missing, and he and Robert, the investigators learned, had an acrimonious relationship.
The FBI was confident they had the right man because wherever Holt’s phone was traveling, there was Robert’s phone too: Same roads and toll booths.
Holt was arrested and charged with kidnapping, extortion, and murder.
But there’s a problem: Robert’s body is never recovered.