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Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2008 8:45 pm | Updated: 8:45 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Another year has passed without the capture of Robert William Fisher, a former south Scottsdale resident who has cemented himself on the list of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted with the likes of Osama bin Laden.

 View FBI's poster for Robert William Fisher - pdf

Another year has passed without the capture of Robert William Fisher, a former south Scottsdale resident who has cemented himself on the list of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted with the likes of Osama bin Laden.

 View FBI's poster for Robert William Fisher - pdf

Thursday marked the seventh anniversary of Fisher’s disappearance, and on the average, the FBI field office in Phoenix receives at least one tip about Fisher each day, according to FBI special agent Manuel Johnson.

An avid hunter and fisherman, Fisher is believed to have cut the throats of his wife, Mary, 38, and their two children, Brittney, 12, and Bobby, 10. Police also believe he shot Mary Fisher in the head before rigging the house to explode the morning of April 10, 2001 after dousing the three bodies with gasoline.

Fisher is wanted on three counts of first-degree murder, unlawful flight to avoid prosecution and arson of an occupied structure.

Those everyday tips come from all over the United States and from around the world.

“If there are any viable leads from any part of the country, we will follow up on them,” Johnson said.

“We are determined to bring him to justice, but since this is a fugitive investigation, we don’t want to reveal the tools we are using.”

TV news footage of Fisher’s former home ablaze in the 2200 block of North 74th Place after the explosion April 10, 2001 again was shown on “America’s Most Wanted” Saturday. Fisher’s photo and a family video also were shown.

The show received three tips after Fisher was featured among the program’s

“Dirty Dozen” fugitives, according to Greg Howell, an “America’s Most Wanted” producer.

Of those — one from Panama City, Fla., one from Vacaville, Calif., and one from Scottsdale — Howell said only one of those people was 100 percent sure they’d spotted Fisher, in Scottsdale. However, it is too early to tell whether law enforcement agencies will consider any of the tips viable, Howell said.

Authorities have said they believe Fisher’s capability of being a loner and the possibility of him changing his appearance have helped him avoid capture.“It’s important for the public to continue providing information,” Johnson said.

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