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Mitzi Johanknecht

Murderous uncle sought by police


Robert Studer is suspected in the shooting death of his nephew at a SeaTac business on Thursday. Studer may be driving a white Chevy van with AZ plate "NFLHAWK." He should be considered armed and dangerous.


King County Sheriff’s detectives are actively looking for 68 year old Robert Leroy Studer as the suspect in the shooting death of his 42 year old nephew in Seatac on Thursday.  Studer is considered armed and dangerous; he is 5’11, 240 lbs, grey hair and green eyes. Studer


He is possibly driving a white 2015 Chevy 12 passenger van with Arizona license plates “NFLHAWK.” If anyone knows the whereabouts of Robert Studer or recognizes the associated van, they are urged to immediately call 911.


At about 5:15 pm, SeaTac Police were called to a business park in the 18900 block of 16 Ave S for an unknown type disturbance.  When they arrived they found the victim inside a business with apparent gunshot wounds to the head.  The victim was transported by medics to Harborview Medical Center and pronounced dead.


Seatac Police, Burien Police, Sheriff’s Deputies, K9 units, and King County’s Guardian One all searched the large business park but did not locate a suspect.


Detectives quickly identified Robert Leroy Studer as the suspect and sought the public’s help in trying to locate him.  Investigation in to what lead up to the shooting is on-going.