James B. Zapolski
James, approximately 1966
Date reported missing : 07/23/1966
Missing location (approx) :
Princeton, New Jersey
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
Age at the time of disappearance: 15 years old
Height / Weight : 6'0, 140 - 150 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A white sport shirt with blue stripes, white cut-off jean shorts, and sneakers.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue/green eyes. James's nickname is Jamie.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : James was last seen in Princeton, New Jersey on July 23, 1966. He lived in the 10 block of Washington Street at the time of his disappearance, and was going to enter his sophomore year at Princeton High School. He left home on his bicycle that day and has never been heard from again.
The day after his disappearance, his bicycle was found in the Delaware-Raritan Canal in Griggstown, New Jersey, five miles from James's home. It wasn't immediately identified, however, in part because the distinctive Tour de France decal James had put on it had been removed. The boy who found the bike kept it until September, when he read about James's disappearance in the newspaper and notified police.
James had cherished his bicycle, a gold and white French-made model which he bought just eight days earlier with money he earned doing odd jobs. He is described as an independent, self-reliant teenAge at the time of disappearance: r who was a good student and dreamed of a career in the law. He wanted to ride his bike all the way to Florida and had embarked on a rigorous exercise daily regimen, twenty miles of riding a day, to get in shape.
When James went missing, his family initially thought he had taken off to ride to Florida. But once they learned about his bicycle being found, they concluded he had met with foul play. His disappearance remains unsolved; there has been no indication of his whereabouts since 1966.
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