Ten years ago in April, Robert William Fisher disappeared after the charred bodies of his wife and two children were found dead in their beds. The family’s Scottsdale home had been been set on fire using the gas pipe, and a massive manhunt ensued to determine Fisher’s location.
For this story, I spent about four months piecing together details – and gathering new clues – in one of Phoenix’s most infamous “cold” cases, the Fisher family murders. I re-interviewed witnesses, family members and detectives; combed more than 500 pages of police records; and went caving more than 80 feet under the forest floor in an attempt to recreate the search.
The result is this powerful story in the March 2011 edition of PHOENIX magazine. The illustration is by Dale Stephanos. I shot the caving photos; the rest of the photos appear courtesy of the Scottsdale Police Department. The story was picked up in this segment by KPNX TV in Phoenix, the local NBC affiliate, and broadcast throughout the Gannett news chain across the U.S.
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