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FBI now investigating Wake Forest man's disappearance

Posted April 8

— The FBI and State Bureau of Investigation have joined the search for a Wake Forest man who apparently disappeared from his home on Saturday.

Shelley Lynch, public affairs specialist for the FBI's Charlotte Division, said Tuesday that the Wake Forest Police Department requested the two agencies' help in finding Frank Janssen, of 1401 Sky Hill Place.

"It is standard law enforcement practice to enlist the expertise and resources of law enforcement partners as needed in investigative matters," Lynch said in a statement.

Detectives have determined that Janssen, 63, went on a bike ride around 9 a.m. Saturday and returned home. His wife then returned home from shopping and found what appeared to be drops of blood outside their house, Bill Crabtree, a spokesman for the Town of Wake Forest, said Tuesday.

"Janssen has had no contact with family or friends since Saturday, which is unusual," Crabtree said.

Investigators want anyone with any information on Janssen's whereabouts to call police at 919-554-6150. They are also asking that anyone who saw a suspicious vehicle or person in the vicinity of Sky Hill Place to let police know.

Janssen is white with gray hair and brown eyes. He is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 175 pounds. He also has a medical condition that requires medication, authorities said.

Although Janssen commutes during the week to the Washington, D.C., area for his job at a national security consulting firm, investigators don't believe his disappearance is related to his work, Crabtree said.

Investigators spent more than three days canvassing Janssen's neighborhood in Wake Forest's Heritage subdivision and searching the home.

Authorities removed crime scene tape from around the home and left mid-morning Tuesday, neighbors said.

The house appeared unoccupied Tuesday afternoon.

"Everyone has been worried about our safety and what's going on with the tape and the cars and the police, but when you think about what's going on with the family – where he is – it's got to be terrible," neighbor Alexandra Guenthner said. "I'm hoping they know something we don't know and that they know where he is and that he's OK."

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  • LetsBeFair Apr 9, 10:18 a.m.

    two words ... foul play.