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On Saturday April 5, 2014 the Wake Forest Police Department asked for help in locating a 63 year-old missing Wake Forest resident, Frank A. Janssen.
Janssen, age 63, was last seen on Saturday at approximately 9 a.m. in the 1400 block of Sky Hill Place in Wake Forest.
He is described as a white male with brown eyes, standing 5’ 9” and weighing approximately 175 pounds.
Anyone with information on Frank Jans[s]en’s whereabouts should call the Wake Forest Police Department at 919-554-6150.
I visited the home today and found Wake Forest Police were still sitting and watching the house. Crime scene tape remained up all around the house.
A Wake Forest News reader had said that on Friday night there was a “Large scale police investigation with evidence tags in driveway & crime bureau vehicles. Crime scene tape around home. Heritage Pointe near golf club/restaurant.”
As predicted, Wake Forest Police are typically tight lipped. But it does seem odd that crime scene tape would be up around the house with an officer watching over things just because someone walked away and went missing. It seems suspicious as if there are potential outside forces involved or foul play.
I talked to neighbors who said Frank and his wife Christie were nice. They’d only met them once this past Christmas.
Public records say the Janssen’s purchased their home in Heritage in 2002. The Janssen’s also own a home in the 4000 block of Holly Hills Avenue in St. Louis which they purchased in 2006.
Frank Janssen appears to be a Senior Systems Engineer at Welkin Associates, a defense contractor.
If anyone can add anything about the Janssen’s, please post it in the comments below.
Update April 7, 2014
WRAL is reporting, “But one neighbor said he and another neighbor called police after noticing drops of blood in the driveway leading from Jansen’s front steps to the grass.” – Source
Update April 8, 2014
Wake Forest Police are continuing to investigate the disappearance of Frank Janssen who was last seen Saturday, April 5. The FBI has been asked to participate in the investigation.
Police have determined that Janssen, 1401 Sky Hill Place, went bike riding at approximately 9 a.m. and returned home. When his wife came home from shopping, she discovered he was not home and became concerned when she saw what appeared to be drops of blood outside the home.
Anyone who thinks they may have seen Janssen Saturday morning or afternoon is asked to contact the Wake Forest Police Department at 919-554-6150. Additionally, anyone who observed a suspicious vehicle or person in the vicinity of Sky Hill Place is also asked to call the police department.
Although Janssen lived and worked during the week in the Washington, D.C. area, police officials do not believe his disappearance is related to his work.
Update April 8, 2014
Janssen appears to be a Project Manager and Systems Engineer for defense contractor Welkin Associates, a CSC company located in Chantilly, Virginia. – Source
It is described as a “family owned Real Estate Investment company with investment properties located in VA and NC.” – Source
Update April 10, 2014
A man who disappeared from his home in Wake Forest, North Carolina five days ago was rescued in Atlanta, Georgia, by the FBI after a kidnapping plot.
Frank Arthur Janssen is now safe after being taken from his home against his will on April 5, 2014. FBI Charlotte, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, and the Wake Forest Police Department began an investigation for a missing person that expanded to include numerous law enforcement agencies and determined Janssen was the victim of a kidnapping and was being held inside an apartment in Atlanta, Georgia.
Through a coordinated law enforcement effort, the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team rescued Janssen at approximately 11:55 pm on April 9, 2014, at a residence inside the New Town Circle apartment complex in Southeast Atlanta. The complex appears to be the Forest Cove Apartments.
Janssen’s family has been notified of his rescue. As the family looks forward to being reunited with their loved one, they ask for consideration of their privacy. The investigation is active and ongoing, and no additional details will be released at this time.
The case is being investigated by FBI Charlotte, FBI Atlanta, the Wake Forest Police Department, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation with assistance by the Durham County Sheriff’s Office, Raleigh Police Department, Durham Police Department, North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement, Garner Police Department, North Carolina Highway Patrol, RDU Police, Cobb County Police Department, Alpharetta Police Department, Atlanta Police Department, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the United States Attorney’s Office Eastern District of North Carolina, and the Wake County District Attorney’s Office.