James Davis Walker
Walker, approximately 2000
Date reported missing : 04/07/2000
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 12/20/1946 (74)
Age at the time of disappearance: 53 years old
Height / Weight : 6'7, 140 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A black sweatshirt, a black t-shirt, blue jeans, a black or green baseball cap and work boots.
Medical conditions : Walker has been diagnosed with an unspecified condition that may prevent him from being cognizant of his surroundings. At the time of his disappearance, he also suffered symptoms that could have been the early stAge at the time of disappearance: s of Alzheimer's Disease, though he had not been examined by a doctor to confirm this.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Gray hair, blue eyes. Walker is balding and was clean-shaven at the time of his April 2000 disappearance. He has the initials "JW" and "PW" tattooed on his left arm. Walker's nickname is Slim. He is a cigarette smoker.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Walker was last seen between approximately 9:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. on April 7, 2000 in Bedford, Virginia. He was sitting inside his friend Donald Adams's vehicle and smoking a cigarette in the parking lot of the Food Lion in the Peaksview Shopping Center at the time.
Adams and the two other individuals who were with Walker went into the store and when they returned, Walker had vanished. He has never been heard from again. An extensive search of the area produced no clues as to his whereabouts.
A prison inmate told authorities that Walker's remains were buried on property owned by Adams in Bedford County. Investigators obtained a warrant and searched Adams's residence in early 2001. No evidence was discovered.
Walker resided in the 2700 block of Cool Springs Road in Thraxton, Virginia at the time of his disappearance. He is described as a generous man and had no known enemies, but his family believes he probably met with foul play. No arrests have been made in connection with his case, which remains unsolved.
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September 2021 updates and sources
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