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Richard R. Robley, 47



Richard R. Robley, a special agent with the FBI's St. Louis office for the last 13 years, died Monday (May 27, 1996) at his home in Clayton. He was 47 and had been under treatment for what doctors suspected was Lyme disease. Mr. Robley, who was born and reared in Alton, spent his entire career with the FBI. He joined the bureau after getting a degree in political science from Illinois State University at Normal in 1971. After graduating from the FBI Academy, he served as a special agent with the FBI's New York office until he came here in 1983.

He worked closely with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies throughout Missouri in investigations of organized crime and drugs. He became the St. Louis office's crime profiler, compiling psychological portraits of murderers, bank robbers and other criminals.

Mr. Robley specialized in crimes against children and worked on the 1993 kidnap-murder cases of Cassidy Senter and Angie Housman in north St. Louis County. He also worked on the investigation of Gina Dawn Brooks' disappearance from Fredericktown, Mo., and Charles Arlin Henderson's disappearance from Moscow Mills.

St. Ann police Detective John "Chico" Lee, who worked with Mr. Robley on the Senter investigation, called him "very knowledgeable and totally professional." He said Mr. Robley's behavioral profile was instrumental in solving the difficult case, which resulted in a conviction and death sentence last year for Thomas L. Brooks Jr.

Mr. Robley received commendations for his FBI work and was a member of the agency's Special Weapons and Tactics Team.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Meramec and Maryland avenues in Clayton. Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation will be today from 4 to 8 p.m. at Ambruster-Donnelly Funeral Home, 6633 Clayton Road, Clayton.

Among survivors are his wife, Cathy; one daughter, Sally Ann; four sons, Ricky, David, Steven, and Michael; and his mother, Sally F. Robley, and sister, Maryann Trittschuh, both of Alton. The family requested that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Special Agents Memorial College Scholarship Fund in care of the St. Louis FBI Office, P.O. Box 7251, St Louis, Mo. 63177. (1996)

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