The former Austin police officer who recently fled to Indonesia after the murder investigation of his pregnant mistress was closing in on him is now in federal custody.
The Bastrop Sheriff’s Office says VonTrey Clark is being detained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who will ultimately determine the timeline for Clark’s return.
Apparently the Indonesian government was alerted to the fact that Clark was visiting their country and initially held him on a visa issue, subsequently alerting the Bastrop County District Attorney.
Clarks detainment was confirmed Tuesday by KVUE as a “result of a highly secretive operation between federal authorities stretching from Texas all the way to Washington D.C. and the Indonesian government.”
Although Indonesia does not currently have an extradition agreement with the United States, authorities are seeking ways to get him back state side, but the process could take weeks.
Despite a mountain of circumstantial evidence linking Clark to the murder of Samantha Dean, no one has been charged in the case.
Clark, 32, had a sexual relationship with Dean, who was seven months pregnant when she was found shot to death on February 4 in Bastrop County, which is south of Austin.
Prior to her death, the 29-year-old told colleagues that if she was found dead, Clark would likely be the killer.
And warrants, which remained sealed for nearly two months, state that Clark “insisted that Dean have an abortion” because “his life would be ruined and he will lose his family” if she gave birth.
As the evidence against him began mounting, Austin police ordered him to attend an in-person interview on July 18 for which he never showed, prompting internal affairs to schedule a Dismissal Review Hearing on July 23rd, for which he also did not show.
Turns out, he had fled to Indonesia for what his attorney said “medical treatment,” even though Indonesians are known to leave their country for medical treatment.
It is unclear why the authorities would spark an international incident if Clark has not yet been charged with a crime.
Perhaps no one expected Clark to flee, thereby causing officials to scramble to ensure their prime suspect did not disappear.
The State of Texas has managed to indict a former Governor for exercising veto power, and an acting Attorney General for securities fraud, yet can’t seem to muster the evidence to levy charges against one who donned a badge.