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James Edward Laws

Missing Person Case September 2021

Laws, approximately 1980

Date reported missing : 11/22/1980

Missing location (approx) :
Asheville, North Carolina
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
Ethnicity :

DOB : 08/17/1959 (61)
Age at the time of disappearance: 21 years old
Height / Weight : 6'0, 150 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian male. Blond hair, blue eyes. Laws's nickname is Eddie. He has an appendectomy scar on his abdomen.

Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Laws was last seen in Asheville, North Carolina on November 22, 1980. He lived with a roommate in a trailer on Sweeten Creek Road. The day before his disappearance, he used the pay phone at the nearby Hot Spot to call his mother, and they had a normal conversation. He has never been heard from again.
Laws's vehicle was found abandoned at a hotel in Asheville several weeks after his disappearance. It was very clean, except for the trunk.
It looked like someone had vomited in the trunk and possibly pushed on the hood from the inside. The belt to one of Laws's sweaters was also found in the car, but there was no sign of him. His case remains unsolved.

Other information and links : ncy

Asheville Police Department

September 2021 updates and sources

WLOS Western North Carolina
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