MPD announce $5,000 reward for information leading to arrest in USA Professor murder case

Mobile County

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Mobile Police say they will give five-thousand-dollars to anyone who can give them information leading to the arrest of whoever killed University of South Alabama Professor Doctor Matthew Wiser.

In an interview on Monday afternoon, Chief Lawrence Battiste said, “When we have cases and particularly our homicide cases where there are who done-it’s, we’re making it known that there is a five-thousand-dollar reward to anybody that provides information that would lead to an arrest.”

Mobile Police say Dr. Wiser was found dead in his home on Wednesday, November 20th. Police say he was shot. Chief Battiste said, “Anytime we have a homicide and the person’s not in custody, obviously we want the community to be on high alert because there is a homicide suspect that is out there.”

Wiser was a professor at the University of South Alabama and was discovered by USA PD while doing a welfare check on the victim, according to Mobile Police. But police say Wiser did not have many friends or family in town which is making the investigation complicated. Battiste said, “Because he was somewhat of a loner, not having any family members or anybody that close to him to be able to kinda get an idea of who he was, what his routines were, and things of that nature, has made it extremely difficult in trying to piece together this particular case.”

According to The University of South Alabama’s website, Wiser was an associate professor of economics and finance. His picture and any record of him was taken off of USA’s website on Friday. Police do not know why Wiser was taken off the website. Battiste said, “I don’t know what prompted the University of South Alabama to take the actions that they’ve taken. For us, our hearts go out to the Wiser family.”

While we may not yet know who pulled the trigger killing Wiser, police say they’re making headway in finding that person. Battiste said, “To say that we don’t have any suspect at this point. I mean, there are obviously people that may be of interest for us, but we’re reluctant to provide those names at this point simply because as we interview and we talk about those things, potentially those suspects watching to see how much information we actually have.”

If you have any information on this case, call Mobile Police at 251-208-7211 or send a message at


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