- Associated Press - Friday, May 6, 2016

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Authorities are investigating the 1998 disappearance of a University of Wisconsin-Green Bay student as a murder, and they have also outlined a possible motive in the case, according to court documents that were recently unsealed.

The documents, obtained by WBAY-TV and the Green Bay Press-Gazette, also name a potential person of interest in the disappearance of Amber Wilde.

Wilde was 19 and pregnant at the time of her disappearance. According to the court documents, the father of her child was engaged to someone else and upset about the pregnancy. He wanted Wilde to have an abortion, but she refused, the documents said.

The Associated Press is not naming the man because he has not been charged. The documents, filed a year ago, include a subpoena and affidavit for his cellphone records. The documents also classify the case as a first degree intentional homicide investigation; it had previously been considered a missing persons case.

Investigators previously indicated they believed foul play was involved, but this is the first time they’ve made that statement in legal documents that have been public.

According to the documents, detectives learned that the man was upset through Wilde’s diary and through statements from witnesses.

In the documents, authorities do not say how they believe Wilde was killed.

Wilde disappeared in September 1998. She last spoke with her father by telephone on Sept. 23 of that year. Authorities later found her car outside a bar just west of Lambeau Field. They have never found a trace of her, despite multiple searches for her remains, including a search of a 30-acre site in Portage County in November 2014 and multiple searches in the Shawano area.

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