James Eric Bess

Above: Bess, circa 1984


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: October 4, 1984 from Ashland, Kentucky
  • Classification: Endangered Runaway
  • Date of Birth: December 18, 1969
  • Age: 14 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'6, 110 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American male. Black hair, blue/gray eyes. James has a scar on the right side of his waist, a scar just above his right hand and a scar above his right elbow.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A blue denim jacket, a sport shirt, blue jeans and gray sneakers.
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    Details of Disappearance

    James and his friend Chipley Sanders lived in a boys' group home in Ashland, Kentucky at the time they went missing. They ran away from the home on October 4, 1984 and haven't been seen since. Few details are available in their cases.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Ashland Police Department


    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children


    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated March 20, 2014; casefile added.

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