Henry Wise

See also: Stacy Lyn Chahorski

Henry Frederick Wise was identified on September 6, 2022, as the lead suspect in the murder of Stacy Lyn Chahorski, whose body was found on December 16, 1988 near Rising Fawn in Dade County, Georgia. The case has been cleared by exception due to the death of Wise.

Chahorski herself was not identified until March 24, 2022. The identification of Chahorsky was also accomplished by FGG. Both investigations were conducted by Othram in partnership with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the FBI. The final confirmation was made to living relatives of Wise. The funding was provided by Audiochuck.

Henry (Hoss) Wise was a truck driver and a race car stunt driver. He regularly drove through the area where Chahorski’s body was found.

Wise was killed in 1999 in a crash at the Myrtle Beach Speedway in South Carolina. Wise had a criminal history, including for theft, assault, and obstruction, but these offences took place before mandatory DNA collection for felony arrests was instituted.


11Alive Staff. “FBI Identifies Killer in 1988 North Georgia Cold Case Murder.” 11Alive News, September 6, 2022. Accessed September 6, 2022. https://www.11alive.com/article/news/crime/gbi-cold-case-dade-county/85-6a19e943-3766-4149-aa5f-6fddb8053e3f.

Clarke, Kayla. “Georgia Investigators Use DNA to Identify Man Accused of Killing Michigan Woman Nearly 34 Years Ago.” Click on Detroit, September 6, 2022. Accessed September 6, 2022. https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/local/2022/09/06/georgia-investigators-use-dna-to-identify-man-accused-of-killing-michigan-woman-nearly-34-years-ago/.

Vogen, Michael. “GBI, FBI, and Date County Sheriff’s Investigators Team With Othram to Identify the 1988 Murderer of Stacy Lyn Chahorski.” DNASolves.com, September 6, 2022. Accessed September 6, 2022. https://dnasolves.com/articles/stacy-lyn-chahorski-killer/.


First Name Henry
Last Name Wise
Other Names
Victims 1 (Details)
IGG Started nd
Case Cleared 2022-09-06
IGG Org Othram; FBI IGU


Case ID Name Age Case Opened Location Investigating Org Most Serious Charge Disposition Court
1748 Stacy Chahorski 18 1988-12-16 Dade CO, GA Georgia BI; Dade CSO Second degree murder Case was cleared by exception due to death of perpetrator n/a

Last updated: February 9, 2024

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Case data and narrative licensed under CC BY 4.0: Dowdeswell, Tracey (2023), “Forensic Genetic Genealogy Project v. 2022”, Mendeley Data, V1, doi: 10.17632/jcycgvhm96.1. All other content, including photos, have been added.