Boyfriend with more than a dozen aliases on the run in US after girlfriend’s body found in Mexico


A ‘master of disguise’ with more than a dozen aliases is on the run in the U.S. after his girlfriend’s decomposing body was found stuffed into a cooler in the trunk of a car in Tijuana. 

Navy veteran and new mom Racquel Sabean’s remains were found in a Volkswagen Jetta parked on a residential street after locals reported a ‘foul odor’ coming from the vehicle.  

The 40-year-old’s neck had been broken, her father David Sabean told CBS8 News.

The FBI wants to question her boyfriend, Tyler Adams, 50, aka Paul Phillips, who was last seen entering the United States on June 16 this year under the alias ‘Aaron Bain’. 

Police say Adams, who is the father of Racquel’s seven-month-old daughter Valentina, is not charged with any crime. 

Adams, who the FBI describes as a master of disguise and a ‘phony’ is known to use multiple fake and stolen identities. 

A warrant was issued for him in Hawaii in September 2020, more than a year after he vanished during a temporary release from the Oahu Community Correctional Facility. He had served the required seven years of a 14-year sentence for stealing his mother and stepfather’s identities, using them to buy five condos and acting as the realtor in the sales, pocketing $180,000 in commission, according to court records. 

Racquel’s father said he ‘would bet my life’ that Adams is his daughter’s killer, in an interview with the US Sun, and said there were a number of red flags 

Tyler Adams, 50, (pictured) is wanted a wanted fugitive out of the state of Hawaii for Escape in the Second Degree. The warrant was issued in September 2020.He stand stand at 5 ft. 9 inches tall, approximately 175 pounds, brown hair. He was last seen wearing yellow short-sleeve button-up shirt, tan pants, black running shoes. He has possible swelling under eyes. He goes under more than a dozen aliases

Racquel Sabean, 40, (pictured) with her infant daughter, Valentina (pictured)  was  a former Navy veteran from San Diego. Her body was discovered in Tijuana, Mexico in May 2022

 Racquel Sabean, 40, (pictured) with her infant daughter, Valentina (pictured)  was  a former Navy veteran from San Diego. Her body was discovered in Tijuana, Mexico in May 2022

Racquel Sabean (pictured) had been in a relationship with Tyler Adams (pictured) for two years. She knew him under the name Paul Phillips. The couple had a child together named Valentina. The seven-months-old now remains in protective custody

Racquel Sabean (pictured) had been in a relationship with Tyler Adams (pictured) for two years. She knew him under the name Paul Phillips. The couple had a child together named Valentina. The seven-months-old now remains in protective custody

Racquel Sabean, 40, a former Navy veteran from San Diego was murdered in May 2022 and her killer still remains at large. The victim's father,  David Sabean said he 'would bet my life' that Adams is his daughter's killer in an exclusive interview with the US Sun

Racquel Sabean, 40, a former Navy veteran from San Diego was murdered in May 2022 and her killer still remains at large. The victim’s father,  David Sabean said he ‘would bet my life’ that Adams is his daughter’s killer in an exclusive interview with the US Sun

 Adams is 5ft 9 with brown hair, weighs about 175lbs and had distinctive swelling under his eyes. He was last seen wearing a yellow short-sleeve button-up shirt, tan pants, and black running shoes. 

He is reported to use the following aliases: Aaron Lee Bain, Aron Lee, Paul Wilson Phipps, Paul Wilson Phillips, David Smith, Dominic Braun, David Phillips, Kevin Schoolcraft, Kevin Kennedy, Michael Whittman, Lance Irwin, Brice Johnson, Matthew Kashani, Taylor Chase, Joshua Smith. 

He described his first time meeting Adams was a ‘good first impression,’ but then noticed concerning ‘red flags.’

He said his daughter confided in him that Adams was kind and polite to her while father was around but it was a different story when they were alone.

Another red flag David recalled when was when Adams claimed he was a ‘Mormon’ but after questioning him on his faith and noticing a tattoo, he started to became suspicious. 

‘Eventually, I started thinking this guy’s a phony, right?,’ he said, in part, the US Sun reported.

‘We went to the beach, he took his shirt off. When he took his shirt off. I saw a tattoo on his left arm.’ 

‘I know Mormon families. I’ve never seen any Mormon, real Mormons, … that have tattoos,’ he said.

David Sabean, the victim's father said he 'would bet my life' that Adams is his daughter's killer in an exclusive interview with the US Sun

David Sabean, the victim’s father said he ‘would bet my life’ that Adams is his daughter’s killer in an exclusive interview with the US Sun

Residents had reported a 'foul odor,' coming from a white Volkswagen Jetta (pictured) hat was parked on a street - 1400 block Calle del Cantil, Jardines Section, Playas de Tijuana

Residents had reported a ‘foul odor,’ coming from a white Volkswagen Jetta (pictured) hat was parked on a street – 1400 block Calle del Cantil, Jardines Section, Playas de Tijuana

Racquel who had been with Adams for two years, knew him under the name Paul Phillips. 

A day after being questioned by the authorities regarding his girlfriend’s death, Adams fled the country and crossed the border into the United States under a new alias, Aaron Bain.

Tyler Adams’ Known Aliases 

– Aaron Lee Bain

– Aaron Lee

– Aron Lee

– Paul Wilson Phipps

– Paul Wilson Phillps

– David Smith

– Dominic Braun

– David Phillips

– Kevin Schoolcraft

– Kevin Kennedy

– Michael Whittman

– Lance Irwin

– Brice Johnson

– Matthew Kashani

– Taylor Chase

– Joshua Smith 

Source: FBI 

On June 17, 2022, the FBI issued a release asking the public for their assistance in helping to locate Adams, informing the public that he was a ‘phony,’ and a ‘master of disguise.’  

The FBI has confirmed they want to question him in connection with the murder.

The flyer featured photos of Adams that shows swelling under his eyes, and listed more than a dozen aliases. 

FBI San Diego wrote the Adams was detained in Mexico on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, regarding an Amber Alert issued for his infant daughter. The child was later found safe with a babysitter in Mexico, and remains in protective custody there. 

Mexican authorities said Adams was reportedly uncooperative when they wanted to question him about his girlfriend’s death before he crossed the border into the United States.

Video surveillance taken from the neighborhood in Tijuana where Racquel’s body was found proves that her boyfriend was the killer, her father told the US Sun.

He even describes the clothes Adams was wearing the day of the alleged murder- black pants, black shoes, black mask, and black gloves.  

‘In Mexico, there’s a video of [Adams] parking my daughter’s car,’ David said, in part.

‘I saw it with my own eyes,’ Racquel’s father went on.

He said Mexican police have access to the surveillance video – but said Adams hasn’t been charged.

The San Diego FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI or go to tips.fbi.gov. San Diego Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477; or sdcrimestoppers.org

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