James S. Harris
Harris, approximately 2001
Date reported missing : 12/02/2001
Missing location (approx) :
St. Clair County, Illinois
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
Age at the time of disappearance: 48 years old
Height / Weight : 6'1, 210 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A black jacket with stripes on the sleeves, white sneakers and possibly blue jeans.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian male. Graying brown hair, hazel eyes. Harris has steel rods implanted in both legs as a result of an automobile accident, and he has a scar on his right leg. He smokes Marlboro cigarettes. His nickname is Jim.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Harris was last seen at his home in St. Clair County, Illinois on December 2, 2001. His wife and daughter were out of town at the time. His wife called and spoke to Harris at 8:00 p.m. He was supposed to begin his first day at a new job at Wal-Mart at 10:00 p.m. that same night, but never arrived and has never been heard from again.
Harris's gray 1993 Ford Ranger pickup truck with the Illinois license plate number 4JMHRS was found abandoned on December 3, the day after his disappearance, in a parking lot in the 3200 block of Mississippi Avenue in Cahokia, Illinois. His wallet, keys, cigarettes, eyeglasses and a wedding anniversary card were inside.
A witness reported seeing an African-American male with an inch-high afro haircut and dark-framed military-type eyeglasses sitting in the truck near a pay phone in the same parking lot where the truck was later found.
The parking lot is only a short distance from Salem Tire, where Harris used to work. Subsequent investigation indicated that there was possible illegal activity, including stolen inventory, in the tire business at about the time Harris disappeared.
Little information is available to indicate what happened to Harris. His loved ones stated he had no enemies and was not involved in criminal activity. Harris is considered to be missing under suspicious circumstances; although no hard evidence pointing to foul play has been located, there is also no indication that he is still alive.
He left behind two children and his wife, shortly before the thirtieth wedding anniversary. His case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
St. Clair County Sheriff's Department
September 2021 updates and sources
St. Clair County Sheriff's Department
The Belleville News-Democrat
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October 12, 2004. September 2, 2016; picture, Age at the time of disappearance: and Description, clothing, jewerly and more : added, Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : updated.