Wake Forest turns to FBI, SBI in search for missing man

From staff reportsApril 8, 2014 

— The Wake Forest Police Department has turned to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the State Bureau of Investigation for help with its search for Frank Jannsen, a Wake Forest man last seen on Saturday.

Janssen, 63, went out on his bicycle at about 9 a.m. that day, while his wife was out of the house, according to police. He apparently returned home to Sky Hill Place, but he was gone again when his wife came back from a shopping trip, according to police.

Janssen’s wife discovered what appeared to be drops of blood outside the home, the town reported. Janssen has not been seen in the three days since.

Police ask anyone who has seen Janssen since Saturday morning to call the Wake Forest Police Department at 919-544-6150. Police also want to hear from anyone who has seen a suspicious vehicle or person near Sky Hill Place, the department said Tuesday.

Janssen lives and works during the week in the Washington, D.C., area, but investigators do not think his disappearance is related to his work. It’s unusual that Janssen has not contacted his family or friends in recent days, according to police.

Janssen is described as a white man who stands 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 175 pounds and has gray hair and brown eyes. He has a medical condition that requires medication.

Shelley Lynch, a spokeswoman for the FBI, confirmed that Wake Forest had asked for help.

“The Wake Forest Police Department has requested the assistance of the FBI and the SBI to investigate the disappearance of Frank Arthur Janssen,” she wrote in an email. “It is standard law enforcement practice to enlist the expertise and resources of law enforcement partners as needed in investigative matters.”

Kenney: 919-829-4870; Twitter: @KenneyNC

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