- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 2, 2002

An Arizona man sought in connection with the brutal killing last year of his family was added yesterday to the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted" fugitives list.
Robert William Fisher, 41, is accused in the April 2001 murders of his wife and two children, whose bodies were found in their Scottsdale, Ariz., home. The house exploded and was engulfed in flames. After the fire was extinguished, the bodies were discovered inside the burned residence.
The FBI said an accelerant had been poured over the victims' bodies, their throats had been slit and Mrs. Fisher also had been shot. The three were identified as Mary Fisher, 38, and her two children, Brittney, 13, and Bobby, 10.
A state arrest warrant for Mr. Fisher was issued in July 2001 in U.S. District Court in Phoenix, accusing him of three counts of first-degree murder and one count of arson of an occupied structure. He later was charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution in a federal arrest warrant.
Mr. Fisher is described as a white male, 6 feet tall, 190 pounds, with blue eyes, brown hair and a noticeable gold crown on his upper left first bicuspid tooth. He was born on April 13, 1961, in Brooklyn, N.Y. He may walk with an exaggerated erect posture and his chest pushed out because of a lower-back injury. He has surgical scars on his lower back.
The FBI said Mr. Fisher has worked as a surgical catheter technician, a respiratory therapist and a fireman. He is physically fit and an avid outdoorsman, hunter and fisherman, and he is known to chew tobacco heavily. He has ties to New Mexico and Florida and is believed to be in possession of several weapons, including a high-powered rifle.
Scottsdale police said the Fisher home had been rigged to explode. Ten days after the killings, Scottsdale police and federal authorities thought they had Mr. Fisher cornered in a wilderness of Arizona. They found Mary Fisher's 2000 Toyota 4Runner and the family's dog, but were unable to locate Mr. Fisher in the rugged area.
Police said Mr. Fisher owned at least four rifles, one shotgun, one pistol and three hunting knives and he had a concealed-weapon permit for a .38-caliber revolver, which he carried in a specially made fanny pack. Authorities have not found the revolver.
Mr. Fisher grew up in Tucson, Ariz., where he sang in the Tucson Boys Chorus Town Singers. After graduating from high school in 1979, Mr. Fisher joined the Navy, serving as a petty officer second class on the San Diego-based USS Belleau Wood from 1979 to 1982.
After his discharge, he was a firefighter in rural San Diego County.
A reward of up to $50,000 is being offered for any information leading directly to Mr. Fisher's arrest.


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