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James Elworth Craven

Missing Person Case September 2021

Craven, approximately 1985

Date reported missing : 03/06/1985

Missing location (approx) :
Lexington, North Carolina
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
Ethnicity :
Age at the time of disappearance: 55 years old
Height / Weight : 5'8, 180 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A gray jacket, navy pinstriped pants and a ring on his right hand.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes. Craven's nickname is Flop. He has a dental bridge in his lower jaw.

Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Craven was last seen in Lexington, North Carolina on March 6, 1985. He told his daughter he was going out of town and would return later that day. He was apparently going to either Charlotte, Winston-Salem or Statesville, North Carolina. He has never been heard from again.
A few days after his disappearance, his beige 1978 Ford Fairmont with the North Carolina license plate number ID 60617 was found abandoned at an airport in Charlotte. Few details are available in Craven's case.

Other information and links : ncy

Davidson County Sheriff's Department

September 2021 updates and sources

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October 12, 2004. November 10, 2011; Description, clothing, jewerly and more : added, Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : and Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.