FBI: Charles Leon Vosseler

Robert Delaware filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
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From: Robert Delaware

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Any files related to a man named Charles Leon Vosseler who passed away on April 29th of 2014 in Florida. Here's a link to his obit on the internet:


Charles Leon Vosseler was the father of a man named Charles Martin Vosseler who kidnapped his two children in 1986. You can see a dramatization of the kidnapping here:


There is still an active search (with a plea for information) for son of Charles Leon Vosseler:


I've researched this case for nearly a year. This case is nearly 30 years old, and I don't believe that it may ever be solved.

I believe that release of any files (if they exist) on Charles Leon Vosseler might benefit the investigation of the original kidnapping. I am just one of many people who have found this case extremely curious.

Per my understanding of the FBI and their understanding of the FOIA process, I am also requesting that the search include "cross referenced" records, not just main file records for Charles Leon Vosseler. I am also requesting any FD-302 forms related to Charles Leon Vosseler.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, and is not being made for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Robert Delaware

From: Sobonya, David P. (RMD) (FBI)

Dear Mr. Delaware,

The FBI has received your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOIPA) request and it will be forwarded to Initial Processing for review. Your request will be processed under the provisions of FOIPA and a response will be mailed to you at a later date.

Requests for fee waivers and expedited processing will be addressed once your request has been assigned an FOIPA request number. You will receive written notification of the FBI’s decision.

Information regarding the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy is available at http://www.fbi.gov<http://www.fbi.gov>/ or http://www.fbi.gov/foia/. If you require additional assistance please contact the Public Information Officer.

Thank you,

David P. Sobonya
Public Information Officer/GIS
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
PIO: (540) 868-4593
Direct: (540) 868-4286
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

The request has been rejected, with the agency stating that the information or document(s) requested are exempt from disclosure.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on March 29, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1325615-000.

Thank you for your help.