The cold case of Albert Edwin Seaburg

Albert E. Seaburg

Albert E. Seaburg (used with the family’s permission)

The cold case of Albert Edwin Seaburg (March 4, 1926 – Sept 4, 1997) is Case of the Month for September.

Albert E. Seaburg (71) was murdered while traveling through Florida. His home state was Illinois. The Florida authorities believe that he was shot during a robbery. He was found dead in his Best Inn motel room in Tallahassee, FL.

I have not been able to find:

  • how many times he was shot,
  • whether he was shot in the chest or in the back,
  • what caliber was used,
  • the exact time of death,
  • how long he had been dead before he was found, and
  • who found him.

Police believe that two men, who were spotted loitering in the area, may have been involved.

Mr. Seaburg was an aircraft mechanic for the US Navy at the Air Naval Station Deland in Florida during World War II from Oct. 5, 1944 – July 20, 1946.

Albert E. Seaburg The Graduate

The Graduate

After his discharge, he went to the University of Illinois, Chicago. In 1954, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from the University of Denver.

Mr. Seaburg helped construct the Dresden nuclear power plant (IL) in the 1950s. He remained active after his 1986 retirement, and worked on the remodeling of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL.

Navy pictures AES/Grid AdS

Navy pictures Albert E. Seaburg used with the family’s permission/Grid AdS

There is very little information online about the exact circumstances of this crime, whether the motel had more robberies in the days before Mr. Seaburg’s arrival, what exactly was stolen from Mr. Seaburg, and whether any stolen items were ever recovered.

I have not seen any information about security camera tapes from the hotel or from establishments (banks, parking garages, ATM machines, etc.) around the hotel.

Albert E. Seaburg/suspect 1 of 2

suspect sketch

Here is a sketch of one of the two men who may have been involved. There is no sketch from the second man.

One last detail for those interested in old air crafts. In the grid you see Albert standing on an air craft. I asked a friend if he knew what kind of plane that was. “It is a WWII era transport (small cargo) C-45 plane, the WWII version of a Lear Jet.” You can find out more about this plane here.

If you have any information about this case please contact

  1. Detective Shannon Black, Leon County Sheriff’s Office, Tallahassee, FL, (850) 922-3300, or
  2. Special Agent Supervisor Jeff Fortier, FDLE, Violent Crimes Unit, Tallahassee, FL, (850) 410-7578.

There is a $30,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Albert E. Seaburg’s killer(s).

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Resources:

The Seaburg family (Photography used with permission. Images enhanced and placed in a grid by me.)

Wikipedia

Illinois Cold Cases

Facebook

Unsolved Murder

Chicago Tribune

Find-a-Grave 

Air Naval Station Deland

H/T to GN for identifying the plane.

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In the series “Case of the Month” I highlight old cold cases. These posts are not an in-depth analysis. Often more information can be found online or in newspaper archives. The goal of these posts is to get the cases back in the spotlights, to get people talking again, and if anything to make sure that we do not forget the victims. Just because their cases are cold does not mean that we can forget about them.

If you have any thoughts about this case then I encourage you to post them on your own social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, etc.) Every time that we mention Albert’s name online we enhance his digital footprint.

We must make sure that he maintains his web presence if we ever wish to find answers in this case. You can help by linking to or sharing this post.

Thank you for remembering Albert Edwin Seaburg with us.