Bank robber suspect remains may have been found


This clip from bank surveillance tape shows the suspect wearing the same hat found with remains near Benton.

On March 17, 2010, a man walked into Chase Bank in Bishop wearing dark glasses and a hat, and demanded cash.  Tellers said he had a gun.  Steven Wiswell of Benton became the suspect and disappeared in spite of police efforts to track him down.  Now, Mono Sheriff Officers say that they may have Wiswell’s remains.

Mono Sheriff’s Lieutenant Rob Weber confirmed that a man and woman on a walk in the Benton area near where Wiswell had lived found a skull and other human remains. They took photos with a cell phone. Lt. Weber said that a wallet belonging to Wiswell was found with the remains as was a hat that he appeared to be wearing in bank surveillance tape more than two years ago. Weber said Wiswell’s driver’s license was found in the wallet.

Lt. Weber said that the Sheriff’s Office does not have definite confirmation of Wiswell’s identification.  He said dental records and possibly DNA tests will be performed in coming days.

$545 was found in the wallet on scene.  Mono Sheriff’s officers will work to compare serial numbers with those on the money missing from Chase bank.  The robber in 2010 got away with a few thousand dollars.

Back in 2010 Bishop Police had issued a warrant for the then 49-year-old Wiswell’s arrest. At the time, then Bishop Police Chief Kathleen Sheehan had stated that several of Wiswell’s friends reported that he may have committed suicide.  Images on the Paiute Palace Casino surveillance tape the night of the bank robbery confirmed some suspicions about Wiswell.  All of his personal information became available because he used his Player’s Club Card.  His image also closely matched that of the robber on the bank video tape.

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6 Responses to Bank robber suspect remains may have been found

  1. Big Rick O'Brien June 2, 2012 at 9:25 pm #

    I always thought it was “even a blind hog will root up an acorn every now & then”. And, at least I’m not afraid to put my REAL name on my opinions. I could make up a B.S. moniker like you & badmouth everything that doesn’t agree with YOUR superior intellect, but I figure if a man can’t stand behind his own words, he really doesn’t have any business spouting off in the first place,does he? Whoever you are.

  2. Wayne Deja May 31, 2012 at 8:46 pm #

    WOW !!!!…Finding his ID……and the hat he wore during the robbery….and if the serial numbers match up to the stolen loot…as well as DNA and dental records….sounds to me like case closed.

  3. Big Rick O'Brien May 31, 2012 at 6:33 pm #

    Predicted this 2 yrs. ago.There were some that chastised me for my un-caring comments, but at the time, I said “I call them as I see ’em”. For those non-believers, check the archives

    • PECOS May 31, 2012 at 9:40 pm #

      If it is Steve Wiswell i pray that he has found some peace. He was a really nice guy caught up in some realty bad times in our country.And yes what he was accused of doing was wrong. .WE MISS SEEING YOU ON CLARK RANCH RD Steve.

      • Big AL June 2, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

        Well he’s not tormented now Pecos

    • Reality Check June 2, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

      Big Rick, more often than not you are dead wrong on your “calls” because you make them without any real information other than what you read on the internet.

      Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while.


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