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Daniel Fling grew up in the Route 66 town of Shamrock, Texas, but he hasn’t been seen around his hometown since 1998. The former University of Oklahoma College of Law student’s whereabouts have been unknown since about the same time the Fort Worth Police Department issued a warrant for his arrest on Jan. 21, 1998. Fling, now 28, is wanted for questioning in connection with the murder of Gregory Randall, a 35-year-old accountant who was killed at his apartment in Fort Worth, Texas, by a shotgun blast to the face. Police investigating the murder suspect that Fling may have killed Randall because, they say, he was obsessed with Kathryn Canning, a law school classmate of Fling’s who was engaged to Randall. The night of his murder on Jan. 9, 1998, Randall returned home to his apartment in the River Ranch Complex in Fort Worth at about 7 p.m. Police believe he had just enough time to set his things down on the counter when someone knocked at his front door. When he opened it, he was shot, according to the police report. A neighbor heard the gunfire and called authorities. When they arrived on the scene, the officers found Randall dead. Canning called the police when she heard about Randall’s murder and told them about her relationship with Fling, according to Fort Worth Police Sgt. Joe Thornton, the lead investigator on the case. “She was a study partner with him in law school,” he says. “He was infatuated with her and wanted to date her, and she didn’t want to date him because she had a boyfriend, who turned out to be the victim,” Thornton says. “Greg had just proposed to her the day before,” says his father, C.S. Randall of Valley Mills, Texas. Canning could not be located for comment. Thornton says a few months after the murder, Fort Worth police found Fling’s maroon and white pickup truck abandoned in an open field near Cedar City, Utah. They found an empty shotgun case in the truck, but no gun. The license plates had been removed, he says. Fling’s father, Jim Fling, a criminal defense attorney in Shamrock, may be the last person to have seen Daniel before his disappearance. Thornton says Jim Fling told police the last time he saw his son was on Jan. 4, 1998, when he stopped by to watch a football game with his dad. Thornton says Jim Fling told police that Daniel did stop by his house eight days later, on Jan. 12, and left his cat, but no one was home at the time. Jim Fling did not return two phone calls seeking comment, but on Jan. 18, 1998, he told the Amarillo Globe-News it would be “totally out of character” for Daniel to be involved in the murder. “This kid has never been in trouble,” he told the Globe-News. “Never.” Thornton says Jim Fling told police he does not know anything about his son’s whereabouts. Fling, a partner in Adkins & Fling, practices at the corner of Route 66 and I-40. FEW CLUES At the time of the murder, Daniel Fling was just 10 credit hours shy of graduation. He was a good student in the top 25 percent of his class, says Deborah Case, registrar for the University of Oklahoma’s law school. Daniel’s last semester was in the fall of 1997, Case says, noting that he didn’t return to school after Christmas break. “We didn’t expel him,” she says. “He just was withdrawn, and that was the end of that.” Shamrock solo Phil Pendleton knew Daniel Fling and describes him as an extremely intelligent man who was on the National Honor Society and graduated from high school two years early. “As for book sense, he was smart,” says Pendleton. “But if he did what he supposedly did in Fort Worth, well, he wasn’t very smart. But they’ve got to prove that yet. It doesn’t look very good that he ran, but he’s still innocent until proven guilty, as we all are.” Other than locating Daniel Fling’s truck, there have been few clues leading to a resolution of the case. A warrant is still out for Daniel Fling’s arrest, Thornton says. The story of Randall’s murder was recounted on the Fox network television show “America’s Most Wanted.” Details from a May 29, 1999 airing of the show can be found at http://www.amw.com/index2.html. When reruns of the show air, the police get some tips, Thornton says. “[But] there’s been nothing solid recently,” he notes, adding that he hesitates to say too much because the investigation is ongoing.

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