Where is Thomas Ahrens now? Update
In February 2008, the sudden disappearance of Christopher Duncan led his family to a desperate search while tracking his whereabouts. But their worst nightmare came true a few days later when they located his body. Survey Discovery’See No Evil: Call Me Back, Chris shares how surveillance footage from various locations proved instrumental in solving the case. So if you’re wondering who was responsible for Chris’ death, we’ve got you covered.
How did Christopher Duncan die?
Christopher Allen Duncan was from Odessa, Texas, close to his mother, Leah Mercer. The 23-year-old was described as a compassionate young man who had a soft spot for homeless people and helped them whenever he could. At the time of the incident, he was living with his partner, Jason, in San Antonio, Texas. On February 4, 2008, the couple were hanging out at home when Chris left around 11:30 p.m. to buy beer. That was the last time Jason saw Chris.
When Jason called him shortly after midnight, Chris said he had met a few people and was sharing beer with them. The last time they spoke was around 12:57 a.m. Jason soon fell asleep, but there was no sign of Chris in the morning. About four days later, on February 8, 2008, Chris’ relatives found his body under a tarp in a wooded area behind a local Walmart. He had multiple cuts, cuts and blunt wounds to his body, with a neck wound that severed the trachea and a vertebral artery.
Who Killed Christopher Duncan?
The morning after Chris disappeared, a concerned Jason contacted Leah, and they began scouring the area. That day, Jason learned from his bank of suspicious purchases at the local Target. Family and authorities were eventually able to review the footage to see two people, a man and a woman, who used Chris’ card to buy clothes and shoes. On February 8, 2008, a local store employee identified the woman from the footage and directed the family to a wooded area behind the Walmart.
The employee said it was a homeless camp and the woman was seen there. The family found Chris’ body in the same area and authorities quickly descended on the scene. They decided the best way to find out who did it was to track Chris’ card because it was being used by someone else. On February 5, the card was used at a local restaurant to purchase food and alcohol. Plus, there was another purchase at Walmart on the same day, all apparently made by the same duo.
Police finally got a lead on February 28, 2008, when they were led to a man named Robert White in Corpus Christi, Texas. According to the show, he had information about the murder that had not yet been made public. Eventually he agreed to talk about what happened the night Chris was murdered. Robert encountered two people, later identified as Thomas Ahrens and his girlfriend, Kristi Tebo, while drinking beer at an intersection. All were homeless; they then met Chris and decided to hang out at Thomas and Kristi’s campsite.
They continued drinking until at some point Robert said that Chris punched him in the nose. He was too drunk to remember what started, but admitted he may have said something that irritated Chris. During the altercation, Robert claimed Chris fell on the tent where Kristi was sleeping. Then Thomas started kicking Chris and asked Kristi for a machete.
According to Robert, he started attacking Chris on several occasions. He said even Kristi used the machete on him once, allegedly saying, “Well, are you going to hurry up and (expletive) die?” They eventually ended up in Corpus Christi, where they were arrested. Security footage from Walmart showed Thomas and Kristi shopping for a machete on the afternoon of February 4, 2008, which authorities believed was the murder weapon.
Where is Thomas Ahrens now?
Robert made a deal and agreed to testify for the prosecution in exchange for a lighter sentence. He pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to five to 25 years in prison. Thomas’ defense claimed Robert was lying and it was unclear who the killer was that night. Ultimately, however, his testimony meant that Thomas was convicted of murder. In January 2011, then aged 36, he was sentenced to 45 years in prison. In May 2011, Kristi was sentenced to 50 years in prison after being convicted of murder. Records indicate that Thomas remains incarcerated at the Alfred D. Hughes Unit in Gatesville, Texas. He will be eligible for parole in August 2030.
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