Robert Wiles: 2008
On April 3, 2008, millionaire business owner and family man Tom Wiles opened this e-mail demanding $750,000 for the safe return of his 26-year-old son, Robert. The note was signed, "Group X."
Robert had been working at the Wiles' family business, National Flight Services. Robert was a rising star, working in the Lakeland, Florida branch. He was last seen in his office before he vanished.
Despite being warned not to contact authorities, the Wiles family brought in the FBI immediately. Against FBI advice, the family wanted to pay the ransom - a significant amount that meant something to the family. So the FBI set a trap for "Group X."