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Mom, daughter remain missing; 2 men wanted

By AMY HERDY

© St. Petersburg Times, published July 1, 1998


TAMPA -- Arrest warrants have been issued for the two Tampa men seen Friday night with a missing Carrollwood woman and her teenage daughter.

Hillsborough Sheriff's Lt. Greg Brown said the two men, Adam Davis, 20, and Jon Whispel, 19, are charged in the warrants with stealing a mini-van owned by Vicki Robinson and with stealing money from Robinson by making electronic withdrawals since her disappearance.

Brown would not provide details of when and where the electronic withdrawals had been made.

Robinson, a 49-year-old real estate agent, and her daughter, Valessa, were last seen with Davis and Whispel on Friday night at Robinson's home in Carrollwood Village.

Robinson's boyfriend, Jim Englert, said he left Robinson's home at 4221 Cartnal Ave. shortly after Valessa, Davis and Whispel arrived about 11:15 that night.

Englert reported the mother and daughter missing Saturday evening after Robinson failed to call him about a planned trip to the beach.

Despite the fact Valessa was dating Davis, she is considered missing and in danger. "We're in fear for her safety," Brown said.

Friends and co-workers described a tense relationship between Robinson and her daughter. They said part of the tension was caused by Valessa's relationship with Davis.

Records show both Davis and Whispel have criminal records, and Tuesday's warrants were not the first time they have been linked together with a crime.

In October 1997, the two men were arrested after guns were stolen from a home in Hillsborough County, records show.

Davis was found guilty of grand theft, burglary, criminal mischief and armed trespassing and served six months in the county jail and probation. In addition, he is awaiting trial in Hillsborough County on child abuse charges.

Whispel was charged with armed trespassing, criminal mischief and petty theft. The judge withheld a finding of guilt and ordered probation.


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