Tacoma police want to talk to a 53-year-old former resident arrested in Louisiana about the disappearance of his young son 28 years ago at Point Defiance Park.
Stanley Guidroz walked into a Baton Rouge-area police station Wednesday to tell officers he’d stabbed his wife, Pepettra Guidroz, 47, according to The Courier newspaper of Houma, La.
Guidroz told officers he killed her as the two, married since 2003, argued about their rocky relationship.
He apparently had driven around for six hours with her corpse in the back seat of a car, police said. He drove 100 miles from Houma to a suburb of Baton Rouge before turning himself in to police, the newspaper said.
Guidroz has been charged with second-degree murder and is being held in lieu of $1 million bail.
Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum said Friday that Guidroz was the same man whose son disappeared Jan. 10, 1983. The incident is being investigated as a possible homicide.
“Our cold case detective will be in touch with authorities in Louisiana to see if Stanley has anything new to add regarding his 2-year-old son’s disappearance back in 1983,” Fulghum said.
Guidroz remains a “person of interest” in the disappearance of his son, Wallace, detective Gene Miller said.
“He has never been completely eliminated,” said Miller, who handles cold cases for Tacoma police . “There are enough inconsistencies in what’s known from the early investigations that I want to have another conversation with him.” Tacoma police haven’t talked to Guidroz since 1984, when he moved away. The boy’s mother died in 1995.
In a 2008 News Tribune story on the 25th anniversary of Wallace Guidroz’s disappearance, Miller said he wanted to interview Guidroz and get a DNA sample to put in a database so that if the youngster’s remains were found, they could be identified.
Miller said at the time that his review of the case and the suspicious circumstances surrounding the boy’s disappearance led him to think he might have been killed.
“That little boy deserves justice,” Miller told The News Tribune in 2008.
According to police reports, Guidroz and his son went fishing Jan. 10, 1983, near the old Point Defiance Boathouse and then headed to the duck pond. There, Guidroz told authorities, he met a little girl and a woman and man he assumed were her parents.
Wallace wanted to play with the little girl, Guidroz said, so he left the boy with the woman and little girl and went for a walk around the pond and shared a beer supplied by the other man.
When he looked back to where his son had been, he told police, he didn’t see his son, the woman or the little girl, but assumed they were secure.
About 25 to 40 minutes later, the two men returned to where his son had been playing, and all three people were gone, Guidroz said. The two men split up to look for them, and the other man also vanished.
Two and half hours later, Guidroz called police to report his son missing. Within 20 minutes officers were searching for the boy. The duck pond was emptied, and divers checked Commencement Bay. Bloodhounds were called in but found nothing.