North American Missing Persons Network
Robert James Wykel

Above: Wykel

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: February 21, 1996 from Seattle, King County, Washington
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: May 18, 1930
  • Age: 66
  • Height: 5'11"
  • Weight: 225 pounds
  • Hair Color: Brown; balding
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Short hair, moustache.
  • Jewelry: Large-sized diamond ring on one of his fingers,
    in addition to other pieces of jewelry.
  • AKA: Bob
  • Case Number: 96-082826

  • Details of Disappearance
    Wykel was last seen while shopping for a classic car in Pierce County, Washington on February 21, 1996. Wykel was a dealer of vintage and exotic cars at the time of his disappearance. He may have been carrying $5,000 in cash at the time. Foul play is suspected in his disappearance.

    Mr. Wykel was reported missing by a friend on March 13, 1996 because he had not been seen or heard from since February 21, 1996. Mr. Wykel was known to travel via public transit to inspect or purchase vehicles and was known to carry large quantities of cash on him. Anyone who may have seen Robert Wykel may remember him by the immense jewelry he wore, but specifically by the large diamond ring he wore. Mr. Wykel's 1989 Mercedes Benz was discovered in a Burien Park N' Ride on March 11, 1996.

    Wykel was a retired sheet-metal worker who supplemented his retirement purchasing, restoring then re-selling classic cars. In 2003, Wykel was declared legally dead although his body was never found.

    Myron Wynn, also known as Myron Holdredge was the last person to see him alive. He was arrested in 2009 and charged with first-degree murder. Prosecutors said Wynn convinced Wykel he knew someone with a vintage Ford Thunderbird for sale, lured him to an unspecified, secluded location and killed him. No murder weapon or crime scene has been located.

    In 2011 a jury found Myron C. Wynn guilty of Murder in the First Degree for the death of Bob Wykel, of Burien, in February 1996. The jury returned its verdict after deliberating for one and a half days.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    King County Sheriff's Office
    (206) 296-7530

    Source Information
    King County Sheriff's Office
    The Seattle Times
    The News Tribune