James Dwyer Bordenkircher

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Left: James, circa 1965;
Right: Age-progression to age 49 (circa 2012)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: June 12, 1965 from North Lake Tahoe, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: April 19, 1963
  • Age: 2 years old
  • Height and Weight: 2'3, 32 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Blond hair, blue eyes. James's nickname is Jamie.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A royal blue t-shirt, blue jeans, navy blue socks and red sneakers with white soles.
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    Details of Disappearance

    James was last seen on June 12, 1965. His family was on a weekend visit to their cabin on Beaver Street in North Lake Tahoe, California at the time, and his parents were unpacking. He was last seen playing on a wooden swing in the front yard. He has never been heard from again.

    An extensive search of the area turned up no sign of James. Nighttime temperatures dipped near the freezing level in the days following his disappearance and he was not dressed warmly enough to have survived for long in the outdoors. Investigators initially believed he drowned in Lake Tahoe, but his body was never located, and he would have had to walk half a mile over rough terrain and cross a major highway to get to the lake. His family believes he was abducted by someone who wanted a child to raise. His case remains unsolved.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Placer County Sheriff's Office


    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    The Union
    The Oakland Tribune
    The Reno Evening Gazette


    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated April 27, 2013; age-progression updated.

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