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14 May 2019
Cold Case Tuesday: State Police continue the search for the suspect in a 1986 homicide.

Major David C. Candelaria
Troop L Commander


Cold Case Tuesday: State Police continue the search for the suspect in a 1986 homicide.

State Police in Riverside continue to look for William Peter Fischer, wanted for the murder of his 19-year-old son, Billy and his friend, Nancy Hyer.

On December 21, 1986, the bodies of Billy Fischer and Nancy Hyer were found in the trunk of Hyer’s vehicle.

An investigation revealed Billy had been shot 18 times, Nancy, stabbed twice.

It is believed that on December 10, 1986, Fischer invited his son to his Southampton home. It is believed that Billy, who suffered from cystic fibrosis, asked his father for money to help cover mounting medical bills.

The following day, Billy contacted Nancy Hyer, asking her to come and pick him up from his father’s house. It is believed that Fischer shot Billy, then stabbed Nancy to death, putting the bodies in the trunk of Hyer’s car and leaving it at the Southampton Elks Club.

Police searched Fischer’s home and found blood and fibers matching the victims in the vacuum cleaner and bullets in the walls. Luminol sprayed throughout the house also revealed blood had been cleaned off the walls.

On February 25, 1987, William Fischer was indicted on two counts of Murder 2nd degree and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

On February 27, 1987, Fischer’s abandoned vehicle was found at New York’s Kennedy Airport. 

An investigation has failed to locate Fischer to date.

Fischer is 72 years old, and described as 5’11, 185-200 pounds with salt and pepper hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information on William Peter Fischer’s whereabouts are asked to call State Police at (631) 756-3300.


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