James Patrick Burrows

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Above Images: Burrows, circa 1990

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 23, 1990 from Calhoun County, Alabama
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: July 30, 1966
  • Age: 24 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'11, 135 - 155 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, green eyes. Burrows may have long hair and a full beard. His nickname is Pat.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A black t-shirt and camouflage-print pants.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Burrows was last seen driving a Honda 250 motorcycle on Alabama 21 near the Midway community in Calhoun County, Alabama on August 23, 1990. He left home at 8:00 a.m. and has never been heard from again. Over a year later, his motorcycle was later found submerged in a bog within 300 yards of an abandoned brickyard, three miles south of Piedmont, Alabama.

    In 1991, David Ronald Chandler was convicted of drug trafficking and ordering Burrows's death. He was also convicted of having a role in several other killings, including the death of Jeffery McFry, who disappeared less than two weeks after Burrows did. Chandler was a marijuana dealer and Burrows and McFry were also involved in the drug trade; investigators theorized that Chandler had murdered two men murdered because he believed they had stolen marijuana from him.

    Chandler was sentenced to death. After his conviction, however, the man who said Chandler had paid him to murder McFry recanted his testimony, and several other witnesses in the case also claimed they had lied. In 2001, Chandler's death sentence was commuted to life in prison. He is presently incarcerated in Hazelton, West Virginia.

    Another man, Jimmy Steed, is considered a suspect in Burrows and McFry's presumed murders and in the 1997 disappearance of his wife, Karen Steed, who has never been found. In December 2014, Jimmy pleaded guilty to the murder of another woman and was sentenced to 105 years in prison. He hasn't been charged in connection with any other disappearances or deaths.

    Burrows and McFry's remains have never been found, but foul play is suspected in their disappearances due to the circumstances involved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Calhoun County Sheriff's Office
    256-236-6600

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    Source Information
    Calhoun County Sheriff's Office
    The Anniston Star
    The Doe Network
    Unsolved in the News

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    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated March 6, 2015; details of disappearance updated.

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